John William Crouse

Friday, March 2, 2007

JOHN WILLIAM CROUSE, a resident of Harrison, died Feb. 22, 2007, at the age of 85.

He was born Aug. 15, 1921, at Jasper to Rudolph and Molly Austin Crouse.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He was married to his wife, Betty, for 55 years.

During World War II, he was a Navy ensign.

John was a civil engineer, graduating from the University of Arkansas in 1948 with a bachelor of science degree. He was a construction engineer with the Arkansas Highway Department and was the resident engineer on the Higdon and Edgemont Bridges over Greers Ferry Lake.

He became a contractor and started his own construction company, Crouse Construction, in 1965 in Harrison.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Blanche Johnston and Joyce Tomasich.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Wells Crouse of the home; one son, Dean Crouse of Harrison; two daughters, Debra Frankenberger of Harrison and Diane Crabtree of Bentonville; a daughter-in-law, Beth Crouse of Harrison; a sister, Faye McClure of Harrison; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Feb. 26, 2007, at Christeson Funeral Home in Harrison with Rev. John Darnell officiating. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery under the direction of Christeson Funeral Home of Harrison.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 1100 W. Bower, Harrison, AR 72601.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.christesonfuneralhome. com.