BOBBY RAY "Bob" CROUCH

Bob was born in Ellis County, Oklahoma to Jess M. and Beulah M. Crouch on June 2, 1932, along with his twin sister, Betty. He passed away peacefully on September 14, 2013, in a manner he always hoped he could, at home with his family close by his side. Bob was the sixth of ten children and is survived by his twin sister, Betty Davis of Texas; brother, Loyd (Pat) Crouch of Fresno;, and brother, Herb Crouch, now of Colorado. He came to California with his family in 1941 where they settled in Kerman. After graduating from Kerman High School in 1950, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean War on the U.S.S. Piedmont from 1951 to 1955. Following his discharge from the Navy, Bob worked in drywall and soon became a drywall contractor until his retirement in 1995. In 1952 he married Betty Beagle and was so blessed with three children, Michael Crouch, Sharon Crouch Bahr and Catherine Crouch Jolley. After his divorce, he married Linda Welton Barksdale on December 14, 1974, meeting her on a blind date on December 14, 1973. From that day forward they were inseparable, best friends, "soul mates" and enjoyed a wonderful life with many outdoor activities including jeeping, horseback pack trips in the high country, dirt bike riding in Kettleman and the desert, Gold Wing trips, RVing, raising horses, numerous farm animals and his loved dogs. Bob was happiest outdoors, and when he could no longer care for his horses, he loved his tractor, John Deere mower and 4WD Mule. Life was good to Bob and Linda and their family; those lasting, wonderful memories are what we will hold onto forever. He loved life and above all, he loved his family. Bob is survived by Linda, his beloved wife; son, Michael and wife Patty; daughter, Sharon Bahr; daughter, Cathy Jolley and husband Mike; step-daughter, Christie Andrew and husband Scott; step-son, David Barksdale and wife Janelle; Linda's mom, Margaret Welton; her brother Greg Welton; ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; plus many nieces, nephews, cousins and wonderful friends. Bob always requested there be no funeral services, but instead a Celebration, so that is what he will have, on October 26, 2013, at Michael and Patty's home in Clovis. Open House from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the family for more details

Published in the Fresno Bee on Sept. 22, 2013