CARBONDALE -- Dr. James L. Crouse passed away Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at age 87. He went to join the Lord and his family and friends who passed before him.
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Dr. Crouse was born April 29, 1926, in Cairo, the son of George Homer and Sue Avis Crouse. He grew up in Cairo and attended Cairo High School.
He joined the Army Air Corp at 17 and served in the Pacific Theatre as an aerial gunner on a B-29 Bomber, 20th Air Force, 497th Bomb Group, 73rd bomb Wing, 871st Squadron. He received the Victory Medal, American Theatre Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Ribbon and W/2 Bronze Battle Stars, two Overseas Service Bars, a Good Conduct Medal and an Air Medal. At the end of his service he returned to Cairo and completed high school. He attended SIU and graduated with a degree in zoology. He graduated from University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1958.
During his residency at IC Hospital in Chicago, he met his wife, Maureen Terese Tremaine of Chicago. They married Sept. 29, 1958. A son, James, was born in Chicago and then they returned to Cairo where Dr. Crouse began his medical practice serving the citizens of Cairo and the surrounding rural communities. Son, Michael, daughter, Kathryn, and son, Matthew were born while they were living in Cairo. In 1966, Dr. Crouse moved his family to Carbondale, where they made their home and he opened a private family practice. He was a licensed physician and surgeon and was board certified. He joined Carbondale Clinic in July 1975 and retired from there in November 1996. He had privileges at Holden Hospital and Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. He was also associated with SIU School of Medicine.
He is survived by sons, James of Carbondale, Michael and wife, Dana, of Carbondale and Matthew and wife, Monica, of Nashville, Tenn.; daughter, Kathryn and husband, Daryn, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; four beloved grandsons, Max Robert Crouse, Matthew Spencer Pingleton, Michael Ryan Crouse and Luke Patrick Pingleton; sister, Mary Bolds of Houston; and many cherished nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Maureen; parents, George Homer and Sue; and brothers, Homer Lee and George Taylor.
He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Church, VFW and the Elks Club
Remembrances can be made to Misericordia Home at 6300 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago, IL 60660.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today, Nov. 2, in St Francis Xavier Church in Carbondale with Father James Thomas officiating. Interment will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Visitation was Friday, Nov. 1, at Walker Funeral Home.
Published in The Southern Illinoisan from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, 2013