Crouse, Richard W.
Richard W. Crouse, 87, died at home, January 17, 2013. He was born in Berwick, PA and raised in Vestal, NY. Dick served in the US Navy in WWII as an Aerial Tail gunner on the Carrier USS Bennington. He was employed by IBM Endicott for 38 years. Dick was a Life member of the Vestal American Legion Post 89. He served as a lobbyist for Veteran affairs on the National Security Commission for 25 years. Dick was the 6th District Commander, past Post and County Commander and served as an aid to Dick Pedro at the state level. He enjoyed mentoring young people with values and sportsmanship. Dick was instrumental in sending young men to Boy's State and wrote several recommendations for candidates to West Point. His hobby was stamp collecting. He was a sweet and gentle man who loved to dance. Dick was predeceased by his parents, Grace (Midge) and Arthur; his wife of 55 years, Kandi; brothers, Frank and Art. He is survived by daughters, Sandy Crouse of Cincinnati, OH and Cheri Apelbaum of St. Petersburg, FL; sisters-in-law, Joanie Crouse and Milly Tandy; nieces and nephews in NY, AZ and CA. At Dick's request, in lieu of flowers, please make donations to Vestal Post 89 Baseball Team, 118 South Jensen Rd., Vestal, NY 13850. The family will receive friends at the Coleman & Daniels Funeral Home, Inc., 765 Main Street, Vestal on Sunday, January 20, 2013, from 1-4 p.m. A Memorial Service will follow at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from Jan. 19 to Jan. 20, 2013