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February 5, 2008

Jeff Crouch, age 52, Feb 1, 2008 Passes Away

Jeffrey Walker Crouch, 52, of Warrensburg, Mo., passed away Friday, February 1, 2008. Jeff was born in Warrensburg, July 29, 1955, the son of Garrett R. and Sue (Robinson) Crouch. 
Jeff graduated from Warrensburg High School in 1973. He attended the University of Central Missouri, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, and he received his bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 1977. Jeff began in law enforcement on the University Police Department, and he later served as a reserve officer with the Warrensburg Police Department, as a police officer with the University of Missouri- Columbia Police Department, and as a trooper with the Missouri State Highway Patrol for 5 1/2 years in Clay County. Jeff left the Highway Patrol in 1985.

 Shortly thereafter, he returned to Warrensburg and joined his father in business at Johnson County Title Company. At the time of his death, Jeff was the owner of the business. During his time as a Warrensburg businessman, Jeff was active in community affairs, including service on the boards of directors of the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce and Warrensburg Main Street as a Chamber Ambassador and as a supporter of Whiteman AFB. He was also a member of several professional associations.
Jeff is survived by his son, Andrew (Drew) Crouch; his mother, Sue Crouch; and his brother and sister-in-law, Garrett R. (Robin) Crouch II and Jan S. Crouch, all of Warrensburg, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his father. Because of the care it provided to his son, Jeff had a special feeling for Children's Mercy Hospital. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Children's Mercy Hospital or the memorial of choice in care of the funeral home.
Published in the Kansas City Star on 2/5/2008

Garrett R. Crouch, Father of Jeff

Rep. Ike Skelton

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Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker, it is with deep sadness that I inform the House of the death of Garrett R. Crouch of Warrensburg, Missouri.
Mr. Crouch was born on November 5, 1921, in Bethany, Missouri, the son of Ben G. Crouch and Nina M. Traxler Crouch. On August 29, 1948, he married Sue Robinson in Warrensburg, Missouri. Mr. Crouch was a veteran of WWII, serving in Europe with the United States Army. He was a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1947, and a Juris Doctor degree in 1949. He was admitted to the Missouri bar in 1949. At the time, he moved to Warrensburg, where he practiced law until 1999. He was City of Warrensburg Municipal Judge from 1981 until 1992.
He served as Commander of Warrensburg American Legion Post No. 131 and in 1956, as State of Missouri Department Commander. He was a member and past exalted ruler of the Warrensburg Elks Lodge No. 673, a member of Central Missouri State University Board of Regents and from 1989 to 1995, served as President of the Board. He was Director and Past President for Central Missouri State University Foundation and a recipient of the Central Missouri State University Distinguished Service Award in 1995. He was also past President of the Warrensburg Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow, and a member of the Missouri Bar and Johnson County Bar Association. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Warrensburg and a life member of the American Legion.
Mr. Crouch is survived by his wife, Sue; two sons, Garrett "Robin" and Jeff; and one grandson, Drew.

Mr. Speaker, Garrett Crouch was a true friend through the years, to both myself and my father. He will be missed by everyone who had the privilege to know him. I am certain that the Members of the House will join me in paying tribute to this fine Missourian.

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