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William  Grant  Crouse
     William “Bill” Grant Crouse, 91, passed away September 20 at the Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance surrounded by his family following a brief illness.
     Bill was born May 12, 1921 in Grant County south of Ashby, Neb. On the family ranch to Odell and Rosa Mae (Brumgaugh) Crouse. He was the seventh of nine children.
     As a teen Bill worked on numerous ranches including the Suttons, Minors and Abbotts Ranches before going into the Army in 1942. He served overseas in Europe during WWII. He was honorably discharged November 19, 1945.
     After being discharge he returned to the sandhills and worked for his brother Pat on the Abbotts Daly Place. While working there he met the love of his life Virginia Fodge at a Rackett Hall Dance. They were united in marriage May 17, 1947 in Hyannis, Neb. Into this union four sons were born, Sam, Russel, Mark and Shannon.
     In September of 1952 he started his own repair shop called “Bill''s Garage.” He owned this business until December 2005. During this time he had an Oliver Tractor franchise and an International Truck franchise. He later sold his business to his two sons Russel and Shannon.
     He was Grant County Commissioner from 1962 to 1966. He also served on the Ashby School District #7 Board for several years. He was a member of American Legion #57 of Hyannis and VFW #1517 of Alliance.
     He is survived by his four sons and their spouses, Sam (Carol), Russel, Mark, and Shannon (Janet) of Ashby, five grandchildren, Dolly (Randy) Freeman of Sandford, Fla., Mike (Brenda) Crouse of Rapid City, S. Dak., Lisa Crouse of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Jada Pickettpin of Alliance, Crissi Crouse (Kendell Koch) of Hershey, six great-grandchildren, Rebekah Freeman of Sandford, Allexus Sutton, Aubre and Chauncie Pickettpin of Alliance, and Charlie and Jake Koch of Hershey.
     Services were 2 p.m. (MDT), September 25, at the Ashby Congregational Church, Ashby. Burial was at the Ashby Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Ashby Congregational Church. Mullen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 9/26/2012
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