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Roy "Bill" Crouch

April 2, 1932 — December 22, 2014

Roy "Bill" Crouch, 82, of Boxholm, Iowa, passed away on December 22, 2014, at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 29, 2014 at the United Methodist Church in Boxholm. Pastor Alaire Willits will officiate. Burial will be at Lawn Cemetery in Boxholm. Visitation will be Sunday, December 28, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the United Methodist Church in Boxholm. For online obituaries and condolences please visit:

Roy Willis Crouch was born on April 2, 1932, in Boone, Iowa, the son of Roy C. and Ferne (Freie) Crouch. He graduated with the Pilot Mound High School class of 1950.

On May 26, 1956, Bill was united in marriage to his "Bride", Doris Ione Anderson at the South Marion United Methodist Church in Stratford. The couple lived in Pilot Mound for 11 years before establishing their home in Boxholm in 1967.

In earlier years, Bill operated Bill's Mobil Service from two different locations in Pilot Mound and one in Boxholm. In 1973 he purchased Stark Oil Company in Boxholm to create Crouch Oil Company. After Mobil pulled out of Iowa in the early 1980's, he renamed and remodeled the service station to Bill's Country Store under the Kerr-Mcgee brand as convenience stores became popular. He renamed the business again to Bill's A Store-N-More and was once more forced to change brands, ending up with the Union 76 and later the Sinclair brand in the mid-1980's. He expanded his business around 1990 to include the Paton Country Store and Paton Bar before retiring in 1997. In total, he spent over 44 years in the gas station business.

He served many years on the Boxholm Fire Department, Boxholm City Council and was the founding President of the Boxholm Development Corporation which established the Westside Apartments in 1970.

Bill belonged to the United Methodist Church in Boxholm and was a fifty year member of the Mirza Masonic Lodge #609, AF & AM of Pilot Mound. He enjoyed trips to New Ulm, MN to fish the Minnesota River, attending the Iowa State and Clay County Fairs and searching for antiques at flea markets.

Survivors include, his wife of 58 years, Doris Crouch of Boxholm, two sons, Terry (Randine) Crouch of Lakefield, Minnesota, and Robin (Patti) Crouch of Pilot Mound, Iowa; three brothers, Dr. Donovan (Lois) Crouch of Storm Lake, Iowa, Deskin "Deck" Crouch of Pilot Mound, Iowa, and Dr. Robert (Kaye) Crouch of Hendersonville, Tennessee; one sister, Katharine Crouch-Ament (Robert) of McAllen, Texas; four grandchildren, Melissa Crouch (Todd Vinke), Garrett Crouch (Katlyn Miller), Heather (Kevin) Frank, Levi Crouch (Beth Hall); four great-grandchildren, Dalton Vinke, Makynlee Vinke, Kurren Frank, and Annabelle Crouch; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one granddaughter, Gretchen Crouch, and a sister-in-law, Susan Crouch.

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