Born 9-11-1917 -- Died 11-2-2004
Elmer Lloyd Crouch, 87, of Salem, Ark., died on election day Nov. 2, 2004, at his home, but not before he cast his vote, a freedom he treasured.
Born Sept. 11, 1917, in the small Western Colorado town of Montrose, his parents were Raymond Adelbert Crouch and Clara Elsie Haney Crouch. He was named after both uncles fighting in World War I at the time.
His parents moved to California when he was a year old. His earlierst recollection was sitting on the back porch and watching the train switching the boxcars. He was fascinated by trains, but more with flying, after an old Jenny flew into a field near their house. Now he can fly all he wants.
He served his country as a Merchant Marine in World War II, but he served his family every day of his life.
He married Nancy Fae Brown in Carson City, Nev., on March 29, 1942. Although he worked several odd jobs after leaving the Merchant Marines, the last was with United Air Lines in San Francisco, where he retired.
He enjoyed reading science and mechanic magazines, National Geographic and mysteries, and creating "thingamajigs" in his workshop. He was never happier than when he was snorkeling, golfing or swiming with the stingrays in tropical locations, riding his motorcycle with the wind in his hair, playing tennis with his "harem" of younger fans, and sharing his infectious sense of humor with family and friends.
Survivors include his wife; his son, John Lloyd Crouch of Salem; his daughter and her husband, Janice Fae and Fred Mitchell Jr. of Horseshoe Bend; his brother-in-law, Don Barrett of Sutherlin, Oregon; four grandchildren and their spouses -- Darren and Jacqueline Orrell of Mountain View, Calif., Jason and Jennifer Orrell of Memphis, Tenn., Brian and Misty Dies of Queen Creek, Ariz., and Julienne and Nate Sewall of Roseburg, Oregon; five great-grandchildren and one on the way; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather; a broher, Harley Adelbert Crouch; two sisters -- Marian Ella Barker and Edith Lorraine Barrett; and a daughter, Judiann Dies.
Memorial services will be held Nov. 13, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Highway 412 btween Glencoe and Ash Flat, Ark.;
Arrangements are under the diection of the Barker Funeral Home of Salem, Ark.
Memorials are preferred to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Arkansas Affiliate, 904 Autumn Road, Suite 500, Little Rock, AR 72211.