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CRUSE, Dick. (Shelton, WA- ). By 1991 Cruse had become one of Dubuque's most popular sources of after dinner musical entertainment with such songs as "In the Good Old Summer Time" and "Let Me Call You Sweetheart." Cruse came to Dubuque in October 1968, and worked with the Iowa Highway Patrol until 1971 when he joined the Dubuque County Sheriffs Department. He carried his colorful nickname, "Singing Sheriff,"since 1972 when he was asked to sing at Manor Care with his two sons.

Cruse was one of the area's authorities on the Custer Battle in Montana. A summer reading interest as a child developed into an intellectual pursuit in which Cruse read an estimated fifty books on the subject and visited the battle scene four times.


Locally, Cruse worked as a D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer in Dubuque County serving thirteen schools with as many as twenty classes and 486 students. He wrote a song for the D.A.R.E. program and performed it before those attending the national conference in Phoenix, Arizona, in July 1990. Prior to his work with D.A.R.E., Cruse was a popular speaker on the subject of drug abuse for the DUBUQUE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT.

Cruse received the 2008 Enrique "Kiki" Camarena award for his work teaching students across Dubuque County about the dangers of drugs.