|Raymond “Barney” Crouse, Jr., 92, of Indianapolis, passed away March 17, 2015. He was a former resident of Greenwood. The son of Raymond Crouse, Sr. and Pansy I. Johnson Crouse Cazzell, Barney was born September 6, 1922 in Bicknell, Indiana.
He served in the Merchant Marines and at the start of WW II, enlisted in the US Army, serving in Company C, 508th Parachute Infantry. Barney received the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with Five Battle Stars, Purple Heart with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star Medal and the Presidential Citation. He retired as a driver with Spector Freight Systems. He later worked as a security guard at Johnson Memorial Hospital. He was a member of The Salvation Army and had attended Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church, served as Commander of Whiteland VFW Post #6978, and was a member of the 82nd Airborne Association.
Barney loved to fish and playing cards.
Barney is survived by his wife, Betty L. (Miller) Crouse of Indianapolis; son, Ralph W. Crouse of Greenwood; granddaughter, Jessica L. (Jason) Belton of Avon and great-granddaughters, Sydney and Emerson. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Jim, Leonard and Howard.
Richard Hartman will conduct funeral services 10:00 a.m. March 23, 2015 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home – 1977 South State Road 135, Greenwood, where friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on March 22, 2015. Entombment with military honors will follow at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, Greenwood.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army – 3100 North Meridian Street Indianapolis, Indiana