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In loving memory of
Richard L. Cruce, Sr
  • August 15, 1962
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  • September 23, 2020

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On September 23, 2020, Richard L. Cruce, Sr. departed from this earth to be with his heavenly Father. Born in Ventura, California on August 15, 1962 to Herman L. Cruce of St. Pete and the Late Bertha L. Alford. Richard was an avid Gator fan. He loved Family, Fishing and watching his beloved Gators play football. He loved working outdoors and working for Edwards Construction of Ocala for 30 years. He worked his way up to
a superintendent, traveling with his job to many places. Richard had a wonderful personality, often with no filter, which is why everyone loved him. If he thought it, he said it. He leaves to cherish his memories his wife of 34 years, Tina of Dunnellon. His daughter Christy Dollyhigh (Starke) and his son Richard Cruce Jr (Taylor) of Jacksonville. His sister, Brenda Knighten (James) of Dunnellon, A brother Jerry Collier of Silver Springs, his younger sister Tanya Hamilton of Silver Springs and his father Herman Cruce of St Pete and three amazing grandchildren Danielle Ford, Ashlyn Ford and John W. Ford, III all of Starke and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at their home, 19626 SW Lark Dr. Dunnellon, Florida at 1pm.Everyone is welcome and as you know Richard was not fancy, so dress is casual. Wear your Gator Gear as it is a game day.

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  1. James Smith lit a candle:
    17 Oct 2020
    Lit since October 17, 2020 at 10:56:31 AM

  2. James Smith says:
    17 Oct 2020
    When I first came around, he always called me Eddie Munster, hahaha he had a great sense of humor, you will be deeply missed by a lot of people.

  3. Jack J Matlock says:
    16 Oct 2020
    Richard and I worked together on numerous projects as Supt/PM. I didn't know quite how to take Richard prior to us working directly together, having only a casual acquaintance from company meetings. When we did finally work directly together, it was not without some anxious moments. But we both developed an understanding that we both were conscientious and basically worked with the same compass. Our different styles melded together and we worked well together off of each others strengths. I came to appreciate and enjoy Richard and appreciated his construction acumen. I think I felt we got to a point of a trusting relationship when he started calling me Jackie in
    his somewhat sarcastic but somehow respectful tone...there was something about that that gave me comfort and a smile. That is how I will remember Richard. He was a good man. My sympathies to Tina and family.

  4. John Baker says:
    15 Oct 2020
    I enjoyed working with Richard for many years, as noted Richard had no filter! Work conversations on project sites were often equal parts productive meeting and laughing at Richards delivery of productive information. We had fun working down in south Florida farmland, up i the hills of Tennessee and across the ocean in Puerto Rico, the tribute one year at your company party to you and your dear friend Richard Zappia about traveling everywhere is a fond memory. Richard you will be missed, rest in peace.

  5. Hernando Angel says:
    15 Oct 2020
    Cruce, I will miss you. We worked together on lot of projects, enjoyed them and created a good relationship between us through all these many years. What great memories I have with you, specially living together at Puerto Rico doing that project. Again, will miss you, RIP and see you there sometime. God bless you and all your family on this difficult time.

  6. Steve Glascott says:
    15 Oct 2020
    Richard's memories will live on for many years to come through his positive impact on many as well as his quick one liners that are still commonly used today. Personally I met Richard fresh out of school nearly 10 years ago and he was always one of the most welcoming individuals and eager to share his knowledge. He will truly be missed.

  7. Chris and Michele Cromwell says:
    15 Oct 2020
    The memories are endless, ones we will always cherish my friend. We feel blessed to have known you and to know you is to love you. Our thoughts and prayers to all.

  8. Jacob & Alexis Smith says:
    14 Oct 2020
    Will be greatly missed, rest easy.

  9. Annette smith says:
    13 Oct 2020
    1 of the greatest men I knew, you will be missed uncle

  10. ANN knighten smith says:
    13 Oct 2020
    1 of many great men that we had a chance to know , love and share memories with you will be missed

  11. Jimmie Knighten says:
    13 Oct 2020
    "If he thought it, he said it," Is so true and is a part of all of my best memories of Uncle Richard.
    We will miss you and cherish all of those memories.

  12. Brenda Knighten lit a candle:
    13 Oct 2020
    Lit since October 13, 2020 at 10:34:52 AM

  13. Brenda Knighten says:
    13 Oct 2020
    Brother you have left a large hole
    We 'll miss you

  14. Brenda Knighten lit a candle:
    13 Oct 2020
    Lit since October 13, 2020 at 10:24:45 AM

  15. Brenda Knighten lit a candle:
    13 Oct 2020
    Lit since October 13, 2020 at 10:22:58 AM

  16. Cathy Grubaugh lit a candle:
    12 Oct 2020
    Lit since October 12, 2020 at 10:26:28 PM

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    12 Oct 2020
    Lit since October 12, 2020 at 10:18:54 PM

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    12 Oct 2020
    Lit since October 12, 2020 at 10:18:15 PM

  19. Richard Zappia lit a candle:
    12 Oct 2020
    Lit since October 12, 2020 at 10:16:48 PM

  20. Sandy Zappia says:
    12 Oct 2020
    We known Richard and Tina for about 30 some years. They were like family. We will miss him dearly. We love you more than you know. Praying for you Tina and little Richard. Love you all.

  21. Susan brower lit a candle:
    12 Oct 2020
    Lit since October 12, 2020 at 10:21:34 PM

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