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Stewart W. Cruden

May 4, 1974 — April 17, 2020

Stewart “Stu” W. Cruden, 45, of Rockford, passed away April 17, 2020 in his home. Born May 4, 1974 in Rockford, the son of Donald W. & Loretta “Lory” A. (Grotto) Cruden. Graduated from Rockford East High School, class of 1992. He attended Augustana College. Stu joined a band in his early years, then worked as a barista, later work as a clerk for Winnebago County. Stu had a love for writing journals and playing his drums.

Survivors include parents, Donald and Loretta; brother, Jason (Michelle); nieces, Summer (Trevor) Smiley and their family Laci and Jayce Smiley. Predeceased by grandparents.

A private service will be held at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Mulford Chapel with burial in Arlington Memorial Park. There will be a Memorial Service set up for Stu at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, 1706 18th ave. Rockford, IL 61104 in memory of Stu. Send online condolence at

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