Friday, November 18, 2016

Arthur B. Crouch, 1895-1985

The Seymour Herald – 28 February 1985
  Arthur B. Crouch, son of Alfred B. and Mary Clayton Crouch, was born on November 12, 1895 in Blaine County, Nebraska.  He departed this life Saturday, February 16, 1985, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Centerville, Iowa at the age of 89 years, 3 months, and 4 days.
  He moved to Appanoose County with his family at an early age and spent most of his life in this area.
  B, as he was known by most of his friends, served his country in the Army during World War I, serving most of his time in France.  He returned to Appanoose County and was united in marriage to Louisa Jayne Shoultz December 22, 1920.  They spent most of their married life on a family farm south of Seymour farming.  To this union two children were born, one daughter, Gweneitt, and one son Floyd B. Crouch.  After the death of his beloved wife Louisa he left the area and moved to Moline, Illinois.  There he married Ethel May Stoner February 12, 1955.
  They retire in Seymour where B spent most of his time in carpentry.  He spent many hour in his workshop where he built many lovely things that he shared not only with his family but with many of his friends and neighbors.
  He had a wonderful talent which he never failed to share with others.  His talent was not only in the wood he carved but in the warmth and love that he openly shared.
  B and Ethel were able to spend two of their last years back on the farm close to their grandchildren and great grandchildren.  They shared greatly with each other.  His last years were spent with his loving wife Ethel, in the Seymour Care Center where he became everyone’s friend.
  B accepted Chris at an early age and was baptized and became a member of the Baptist Church.  He later transferred his membership to the Seymour United Methodist Church.
  He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Louisa; a daughter, a son Floyd, a grandson, Albert B. Crouch; two sisters Dorothy and Lottie, and two brothers, Lloyd and Clarence.
  B is survived by his wife of 30 years Ethel; one daughter-in-law Carma, two granddaughters, Bonnie Crouch and Sharon Mace and her husband Dale, four great grandchildren who he adored, and two sisters Katie Stoner of Moline, Illinois and Nettie Stoner of Seymour, and a host of relatives and friends.

  I thought this time would be easier
  I was sure we’d be prepared.
  You live a long and happy life the others left so young.
  The time grew close
  You told me you were ready to go to Jesus side.
  I thought that I was ready to say our last goodbye.
  I’ve finally decided you never are prepared.
  It’s never any easier to let your loved one go
  I have to tell myself again to think of happy times
  And try my best to understand your better off than I
  You made my life so rich.
  I thank you for the chance
  To be the daughter that you loved and showed so very much.
  Goodbye Grandpa

  Services were held Thursday, February 21, 1985, at 11:00 A.M. from the Randolph Funeral Home in Seymour with the Rev. Mark Berbano officiating.  The hymns “How Beautiful Heave Must Be” and “In The Garden” were sung by Milton Albertson with Mrs. Iris Merritt, pianist.
  Pallbearers were members of the Nye-Birdwell American Legion Post #180 of Seymour, Iowa.
  Interment was in the Livingston Cemetery.  With military honors by Nye-Birdwell American Legion Post #180 of Seymour, Iowa.

Livingston Cemetery Military Gravestone
for Arthur B. Crouch 
Livingston Cemetery Gravestone for
Arthur B. and Louisa Jayne Shoultz Crouch

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