On With Life’s Founder Award was created to honor individuals who have made lasting and significant contributions to On With Life’s development and continued success. In On With Life’s 30-year history only eight individuals have received this honor, the most recent being Larry Kruse.
Larry was the Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services at the Glenwood Resource Center, where he became familiar with On With Life through board members who also worked at the center. He
joined the board himself in November 2014, where he quickly assumed the role of treasurer.
“Larry always gave the best financial reports with great detail,” said fellow board member, Diana Hoogestraat. “He knew what he was talking about and was able to explain the finances in a way that was easy to understand.”
Larry, a native of Glenwood, Iowa, played an integral role in establishing On With Life’s Long-Term Care program that currently resides in Glenwood. He went to a lot of work to get approval for the program through the state and acquired the funding to make it a reality.
Larry suffered a severe stroke in February of 2020 and has stepped down from his role on the board. While he may no longer be serving, he remains an important part of On With Life’s past, present and future.
“Through the years, Larry portrayed constant and continued support of the persons served, staff,
facilities and On With Life as a whole,” said Jeni Lewis, administrator of the long-term program. “His knowledge and understanding of the facility, both financial and otherwise, made him an invaluable asset to our On With Life family.”