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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Donald F. Crouse, 84 of Bradford, PA

Donald F. Crouse, 84 of Bradford, PA, passed away on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

He was born on October 5, 1929 in Bradford and lived in Sugar Run, a son of the late William F. and Nila Beth Carpenter Crouse.

While living in Sugar Run he attended Kinzua and Klondike schools. He was a 1948 graduate of the Bradford Area High School.

On June 18, 1955 at the First United Methodist Church, Bradford, he married Betty L. Stromberg who survives.

In 1948 he joined the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS O’Hare DD889; he was honorably discharged in May 1952.

In April 1953 he went to work for the David N. Brown Plumbing and Heating contractor, until 1977, at which time he was employed by L.V. Piscitelli until 1981 when he became a Master Plumber and started his own plumbing and heating business from which he retired in 1993. At that time he worked as a groundskeeper for Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes for seven years. He then began working at Edmond Schultz Chevrolet in June, 2003 until the present.

He was a member of the Hill Memorial United Methodist Church where he was a former chairperson for the trustees, American Legion Post 108 and the Local Pipefitters Union #47.

In addition to his wife of fifty nine years, Betty L. Crouse of Bradford, he is also survived by two sons, D. Kevin (Ginny) Crouse of Bradford, David (Patty) Crouse of Warren; one daughter, Karen (Jeff) Sherwin of Bradford; one brother, Stanley (Sally) Crouse of Warren; one sister, Eileen Daniels of Des Moines, IA; ten grandchildren, Andrew (Kim) Crouse, Eric (Michele) Crouse, Katelyn Sherwin, Christopher Sherwin, Joshua Sherwin, Emily Crouse, Abigail Crouse, Rebecca Crouse, Amelia Crouse, Cammie Crouse; four great grandchildren, Kaliyah Crouse, Leila Crouse, Norah Sweitzer, Lillian Sweitzer and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by one brother, Ronald Crouse, two sisters, Phyllis Smith, Muriel Zevan and one granddaughter, Jessica Sweitzer Sherwin.

Visitation will be held on Monday, August 11, 2014 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM at the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc. at which time funeral services will be held with the Rev. Phillip Palutro, pastor of the Abundant Life Assembly of God officiating. Military honors will follow the funeral services at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in his memory can be made to either the Hill United Methodist Church, 44 Kennedy St., Bradford, PA 16701 or the McKean County SPCA, P.O. Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.

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