Paul Krusekopf served as executive director of USAID missions in Bolivia, Indonesia, Laos and Liberia

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 | 3:32 p.m. CDT

ROGERS, Ark. — Paul Krusekopf, formerly of Columbia, died March 24, 2013, in Rogers, Ark. He was 85.

He was born Nov. 15, 1927, in Columbia to Henry H. and Nancy Smith Krusekopf.

He earned a bachelor's degree in business from MU and a master's degree in government from George Washington University.

He was stationed in Italy with the Army, then entered government service. His experience included working for the U.S. Civil Service Commission, the U.S. Information Agency, the Peace Corps and the Agency for International Development. He was director of the Administration of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Puerto Rico and executive director of USAID missions in Bolivia, Indonesia, Laos and Liberia.

He retired in 1978 and became a cattle farmer.

He was an Eagle Scout and scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts, a Mason and a member of Oakley Chapel Methodist Church in Rogers.

Survivors include his wife, Melthena; one daughter, Kim Floyd of Norman, Okla.; two sons, Kurt Krusekopf of College Station, Texas, and Keith Krusekopf of Buda, Texas; a brother, Henry H. Krusekopf of Midland, Texas; one sister, Caroline Goshorn of Golden, Colo.; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Two sisters, Charlotte Parker of Corvallis, Ore., and Emily Siegel of Boonville, and one brother, Frederick Krusekopf of Jasper, Mo., died earlier.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oakley Chapel Methodist Church, 203 Promenade Blvd.

Arrangements were handled by the Benton County Memorial Park Funeral Home in Rogers.

Memorials may be directed to the Arkansas Nature Conservancy, 601 N. University Ave., Little Rock, AR 72205; Oakley Chapel Methodist Church, 203 Promenade Blvd., Rogers AR 72758; or the Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, AR 72762

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