Retired U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer and retired Delaware City Police Department Captain Paul William "PK" Krouse, 88, of Delaware, went to be with the Lord Monday evening (Dec. 10, 2012) surrounded by his loving family at his residence.
He was born on Oct. 6, 1924, in Delaware to the late John Carl and Myrtle Elizabeth (Hanitsch) Krouse.
He attended South High School and Willis High School. After high school, he enlisted in the Army. World War II was going on at that time and he was sent to Europe where he served under General George Patton in the 41st Reconnaissance Squadron of the U.S. 11th Armored Division, 3rd U.S. Army in the Battle of the Bulge and on May 5, 1945, this squad of U.S. Army soldiers approached the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp and helped liberate it. After the war, he returned to Delaware and worked as an auto and truck mechanic. On Oct. 16, 1950, he was appointed to the Delaware Police Department and served as a patrol officer until he was appointed lieutenant in 1960. As lieutenant, he was in charge of the second shift. In 1968, he was appointed captain. After Chief Morris retired in 1972, Captain Krouse was appointed Acting Chief of Police. During his police career he remained active in the U.S. Army, serving with the National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve. He was called back into service for the Korean War for one year. He served a total of 41 years with the U.S. Army, received three bronze stars, and attained the rank of Chief Warrant Officer (W4) upon retiring in 1984. After retiring from the police department in 1979, he took many motorcycle trips to Florida, Colorado, Canada, California and elsewhere. He also caught military flights all over the world.
He was a member of the American Legion, AmVets Post 102, Delaware County FOP Lodge 56, Hamburger Inn 10 o'clock Coffee Club, Blue Knights, Reserve Officers Association and a former member of the Delaware Elks Lodge 76. He was an avid OSU Buckeye fan and loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Left to cherish his memory are his four daughters and a son, Suzanne (Cliff) Curtis, Karen (Tom) McCreary-Smith, Melinda (Steve) Ulery, Denise (Larry) Weiser and Steve Krouse, all of Delaware; 14 grandchildren, Jeffrey (Angel), Jennifer and Melissa Curtis, Brian and Scott Kenney, Monika and Mallory McCreary, Amy (Tommy) Larason, Doug (Jesse) Jackson, Matt and Megan Ulery, Stacee (Jack) Cassidy and Jason (Sarah) and Brandy Krouse; 15 great-grandchildren, Garrett, Kamren and Eva Curtis, Lauren, Gavin and Alexa Kenney, Avery and Ethan Brown, Taylor and Dillon Larason, Kadence and Cody Cassidy and Brittany, Jason and Jaden Krouse; four sisters-in-law, Sally Krouse of Canton, Jackie Moffett and Ginny Shaw of Delaware and Donna Shaw of Ashland; two brothers-in-law, Harry (Sandy) and Tommy Shaw of Delaware; and niece, Kathy (Jamie) Vretas of Canton.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Ruth Ann (Shaw); granddaughter, Michelle McCreary; brother, Carl Krouse; brothers-in-law, George, Dick and Jim; and sister-in-law, Betty Hinkle and her husband Gerald.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William St. at Valleyside Drive, Delaware, and where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, with the Rev. James Meacham officiating. Following cremation, graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at Oak Grove Cemetery, Delaware, where the Delaware County Veterans Association will provide military honors (the procession to Oak Grove Cemetery will form at the funeral home between 9:15 and 9:30 a.m. Monday).
Contributions in Paul's memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or the Delaware County FOP Lodge 56 to be used for Fallen Officers.
The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve this veteran and his family and condolences may be expressed and memories may be shared by visiting snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Delaware Gazette on Dec. 13, 2012