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Russell W. Kruse

Russell Wayne Kruse (December 9, 1922 – May 4, 2007) was an American auctioneer best known for building the business of auctioning classic cars through Kruse International.Born in Auburn, Indiana, he took up farming after graduating from high school. After losing crops to flooding two years in a row, he took up auctioneering to cover the costs of raising his seven children. He attended the Reppert School of Auctioneering in December 1952 and started a local real estate and farm auction business. He was a licensed auctioneer, real estate broker and certified residential appraiser in the state of Indiana.In 1971, the Auburn Chamber of Commerce needed fundraising for their annual classic-car show. Kruse suggested auctioning off some of the antique cars. When a bidder's $61,000 bid for a locally-made Duesenberg was turned down, the press picked up the story, and his fame as a car auctioneer took off. He started the Kruse Auction Institute in 1972 to give pre-licensing training to auctioneers. Russell was on the original Indiana Board of Auctioneers and served as chairman. He was also a past president of the Indiana Auctioneer's Association, and a member of their hall of fame, along with two of his son's - Dean Kruse and Dennis Kruse.

Because of the lucrative divisions that auctioned real estate and oil field equipment, ITT bought Kruse International in 1981, but the family bought it back in 1987. eBay then bought the company in 1999 but sold it back in 2003. Three of his sons are involved in the auction business: Dean Kruse, Dennis Kruse and Daniel Kruse, as well as eight grandchildren. He founded the Kruse Auction Institute in 1972, and served as an instructor at the Reppert School of Auctioneering from 1996 until his death in 2007.

His first wife, Luella (Boger), the mother of his seven children, died in 2000. Kruse died in Fort Wayne, Indiana of a stroke, aged 84.

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Some of their strengths

Russell W. Kruse has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Generous, Optimistic, Intelligent, Independent, Honest, Bold, and Extroverted.

Adventurous and Independent

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Russell W. Kruse is someone who is an adventurous, independent, and energetic person, who is insightful, imaginative, generous, and honest. A person who is a bit of a "lone wolf".

Charming and Sophisticated

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Russell W. Kruse well know them as someone who can be classy, glamorous, and worldly, like jewelry.

Optimistic and Frank

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Russell W. Kruse as someone who is optimistic, principled, adventurous, and direct.

A person who isn't shy about expressing their opinions, loves competition, loves learning things themself, who is known for being inventive and original, and who loves being surrounded by friends and loved ones.

Perceptive and Visionary

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Russell W. Kruse is someone who has a natural awareness about what is going on in the surrounding environment and the world at large, and a refined vision of how to navigate it.

They are also someone who is patient, assertive, and who is a natural leader that likes to help others in need.

Optimistic and Quick-witted

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Russell W. Kruse tends to be someone who is optimistic and spontaneous, and who has a clear and analytical mind. Who can be witty, with a happy-go-lucky- nature that makes others cheerful, and who possesses an adventurous zest for life.

Some of Russell W. Kruse's challenges

While Russell W. Kruse has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Russell W. Kruse can be Stubborn, Unrealistic, Impulsive, Careless, Arrogant, Status-seeking, and Suspicious.

Impulsive and Careless

One of Russell W. Kruse's key challenges is that they are someone who can be impulsive and careless.

Pushy and Restless

Russell W. Kruse is someone who can be arrogant and bossy, who can have difficulty concentrating and focusing, be unable to separate emotions from business decisions, and who can engage in excessive spending in support of an expensive lifestyle and habits.

Irritable and Callous

Finally, Russell W. Kruse also can be short-tempered, childish, insensitive, and careless at times.

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