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Gregg Elwyn Crouch

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Gregg Couch
Gregg Elwyn Crouch, 83 of Ankeny, and formerly of Washta, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at the Mercy Hospice in Johnston.

Funeral services were held on June 28th at the Washta United Methodist Church, with Pastor Richard Laymanl officiating. Burial was in the Sunset View Cemetery at Washta. Military rites were performed at the cemetery. An additional Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, July 1 at 2 p.m. at Ankeny First United Methodist Church, 206 SW Walnut St., Ankeny, IA..

Gregg Crouch was born June 5, 1925 in Cherokee, the son of Ed Gregory and Irma (Beazley) Crouch. He grew up on a farm in northwest Ida County, and graduated from Washta High School in 1943. He served in the United States Air Corps and the OSS (forerunner of the CIA), and was discharged in 1946. Gregg attended Drake University, graduating in January of 1950 in Business Administration. He married Norma Sparks June 5, 1948 at Ames.

Gregg retired as Iowa Claims Manager from Continental Western Insurance Company (Western Mutual Insurance) after 32 years, in July of 1986. He was a cardiac rehabilitation volunteer , first at the Des Moines YMCA, and then at the Ankeny YMCA for 15 years. He was their "Man of the Year" in 2001. He also served as a Hunter Safety instructor for the DNR for 20 years, and was a charter member of the Ankeny Izaac Walton League, serving two terms as president. He spent 500 hours volunteering for Iowa Health, and also volunteered for 11 years as an Information person at the Iowa State Fair, and served for three years as an advisor for Junior Achievement.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister-in-law, Maxine Crouch; and a niece, Stacy Crouch.

He is survived by Norma, his wife of 60 years, and their two children: Marcene Diane Daniel (Kenneth Bennett) of Shellsburg and Eric Gregg Crouch (David Sharp) of Ames; his brother Gary Crouch (Nancy) of Washta, a nephew, Michael Crouch of Indiana, a niece, Amy Johnson of Cherokee, two great nephews and a great niece.

Memorials may be made to the Ankeny First United Methodist Church, the Ankeny YMCA or the Washta United Methodist Church.