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Joseph Edward Crouch
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Birth: May 4, 1914
Indiana, USA
Death: Jul. 25, 2002
Fort Myers
Lee County
Florida, USA

s/o Lloyd & Maymie A. (Belcher) Crouch

h/o Thelma G. (Vonderschmitt) Crouch

f/o Barbara Lee (Crouch) VanHoy

WWII Veteran; US Army Air Force
Established/Owner & operator of Self-Service Laundromat in Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana
Bloomington (Monroe County, Indiana) Hoosier Times, June 30, 2002, p. D2.

May 4, 1914-June 25, 2002

Ft. Myers, Florida-Joseph Edward Crouch, 88, of Ft. Myers, Fla., died Tuesday, June 25, 2002, at Alterra Clare Bridge Assisted Living Center.

Born May 4, 1914, in Indianapolis, he was the son of Lloyd Crouch and Maymie Alice (Belcher) Crouch.

A property owner/manager of numerous real estate holdings, he was also a pioneer and developer in the evolution of coin-operated laundry facilities in the Bloomington area.

He was a 1939 graduate of Indiana University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. He was a captain in the Army Air Corps during World War II and for a time was stationed in Africa. He received training from the Boeing Aircraft Corp. He was a member of Bloomington Downtown Kiwanis Club, Bloomington Elks Lodge and Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

Survivors include one granddaughter, Laura Lee Von Hoy of Lehigh Acres, Fla., two grandsons, Bill Van Hoy of Nashville and Stuart Van Hoy of Jacksonville, Fla.; one granddaughter-in-law, Lora Van Hoy of Bloomington; two cousins, Bill Belcher and his wife, Maxine, Fred Belcher and his wife, Betty, all of Bloomington; and five great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Thelma (Vonderschmitt) Crouch, December 7, 1993; one daughter, Barbara Lee (Crouch) Van Hoy, March 14, 1973; and one grandson, Scott Van Hoy, September 4, 1998.

Services will be 11 AM Tuesday, July 2, 2002, at Allen Funeral Home in Bloomington with Alan Phillips officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Bloomington with military rites conducted by the VFW and American Legion Honor Guard. Friends may call 4-8 PM Monday, July 1, 2002, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bloomington Hospital Foundation or to the charity of one's choice.
Misc Newspaper Clippings
1.) Bloomington (Monroe County, Indiana) World Telephone, June 19, 1944, p. 2.
[Note: According to the supplemental marriage record and the marriage record index, Joseph E. Crouch married Thelma Smith, not Vonderschmitt, in Monroe County on June 18, 1944. Thelma was previously married, and divorced, from Robert Chase Smith. Barbara Lee, identified below was the "granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Vonderschimitt," was Barbara Lee Smith, Thelma's daughter born during her first marriage.]


During a quiet home wedding reading at noon Sunday at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Vonderschmitt, 511 Hawthorne Drive, Thelma Vonderschmitt became the bride of Second Lt. Joseph E. Crouch, son of Mrs. Mamie Crouch, 1001 East Eleventh Street. Rev. W. E. Moore, pastor of the First Christian Church, officiated at the impressive double ring ceremony. The wedding was read in the presence of only members of the immediate families and close friends.

Vows were exchanged before an improvised altar banked with lighted candelabra, while gladioli and white lilies. As the bridal party entered, the organist, Walter Bidwell, played Lohengrin's "Wedding March" and during the nuptial rites, the selections "I Love Your Truly," and "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life" were softly played.

Attendants to the couple were Mr. and Mrs. Harold Jordan of Bloomington; Barbara Lee, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Vonderschmitt, carried the ring.

Immediately following the wedding, a reception was held at the home for the guests. The couple left in the afternoon for Orlando, Fla., where they will make their home.

Lt. Crouch, who returned to the states last year from North Africa, is now stationed as aircraft ground officer at Orland, Fla. After returning from ten months' duty in the North Africa theatre of war, Lt. Crouch took officers' training at Palm Beach, Fla., graduating and receiving his commission as Second Lieutenant November 13, 1943. He was then sent to Leesburg, Fla., where he was instructor. Lt. Crouch was a graduate of Indiana University with the class of 1939. While at IU, he was active on the campus and was affiliated with the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

Out-of-town guests included Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hughes and son, Jerry, of Bedford; Mrs. E. A. Study of Washington, grandmother of the bride; Mrs. Fred Hellam of Montgomery, Ala., and Mr. and Mrs. J. Haggerty of Indianapolis. Also attending was Mrs. Minnie Belcher, grandmother of the bridegroom, of this city. 
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  Lloyd Crouch (1882 - ____)
  Maymie Alice Belcher Crouch (1884 - 1983)
  Thelma G. Vonderschmitt Crouch (1914 - 1993)*
*Calculated relationship
Rose Hill Cemetery
Monroe County
Indiana, USA
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Record added: Mar 17, 2009
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Joseph Edward Crouch
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Joseph Edward Crouch
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