Obituary: Merrill Joe Crouch

December 19, 1940 – June 13, 2019

Merrill Joe Crouch, 78, of Oolitic, joined his Heavenly Father on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born December 19, 1940, in Muncie, he was the son of Clarence and Hovenia (Maxfield) Crouch.  He married Marilyn Metcalf October 29, 1960, in Flint, Michigan.

Merrill was a graduate of General Motors Institute and retired as an Industrial Engineer from Crane after 37 years.  He was a member of Grace Full Gospel Church, Bedford Masonic Lodge No. 14 F.&A.M., LaOrMa Shrine Club, White River Humane Society, Lions Club, and participated in a food ministry.  Merrill was an avid sports fan of basketball, football, and IU.  He coached Girls Softball, and was a member of the 35 and Older Softball League, and Mens Basketball League.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Crouch of Oolitic; daughters, Julie (Kevin) Hack of Mitchell, Teresa Lee (Brent Love) of Bedford and              Tracy (Bob) Nash of Oolitic; special nephew, Scott David Gifford of Flint, Michigan and many other nieces and nephews; grandchildren, Natalie (Jason) Cotton, Brandon Hack, Aleesha (Marcus) Mayes, Abby (Morgan) Jones, Amy Jones (David Sexton), Zachary (Kayla) Jones, Andrew Nash,        James Nash (Randi Wicker); 16 great-grandchildren; brother, Larry  Lee (Doreen) Crouch of Muncie; sister, Brenda (Terry) Vanlaningham of Mentone

His parents; stepfather, Hobert Crouch; stepmother, Barbara Crouch;  and sister, Peggy Donavon, preceded him in death.

Celebration of Life service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the Grace Full Gospel Church in Bedford.  The family will receive friends from noon until the service on Saturday at the church.

Memorial Gifts can be made in Merrill’s memory to the White River Humane Society or Grace Full Gospel Church Building Fund.

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