Louis Franklin Crouch was born on Oct. 3, 1923, in Franklin, Neb., to Dora McKay Crouch and John B. Crouch. After a short time in South Dakota, he and his family moved to Storm Lake, in 1935. He graduated from Storm Lake High School in 1941. He attended Central Bible Institute in Springfield, Mo., graduating in 1944. He then attended and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, in 1947. He finished his formal training with a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Iowa.
Mr. Crouch first began his teaching career in the high school and junior college departments at Southwestern Bible Institute in Waxahachie, Texas, from 1947 to 1952, except for one year where he taught Bible at the Peniel Bible Institute in Stanton, Ky. He went on to teach at high schools in various cities in Iowa until 1964 when he began his long career teaching honors English at Deerfield High School in Deerfield, Ill. Mr. Crouch retired from Deerfield High School in 1987 and moved to Rio Rancho, N.M. He was an avid gardener both in Illinois and New Mexico, where he embraced the natural landscaping of the southwest. He was fascinated with the Native American history in New Mexico and explored Native American ruins with his many visitors. Raised in the Assemblies of God Church, Mr. Crouch enjoyed visiting and reacquainting himself with the area Assembly of God congregations.
Mr. Crouch was a very charitable man donating his monies to numerous charities such as the Assembly of God Missions, Native American charities, and Veterans groups. After a brief illness, Louis Crouch peacefully passed away on Oct. 11, 2010.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Rachel, Phyllis, Maxine Gutel, John Hermas, James, and Esther Bates, and his nephews, William "Larry" Bates and Joseph Mark Gutel. Never having married, Mr. Crouch was very close to his nieces and nephews, and those surviving him are Mary Gutel Clayton and Terri Bates Hallberg (nieces), and James Gutel, David Gutel, Paul Bates and Tracy Bates (nephews).
Services were held at French - Westside Chapel on Monday, Oct. 18, 2010. He was interred at Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to KAZQ-TV, Albuquerque, N.M., or to the Assemblies of God Missions Department, Springfield Mo. Please visit our online guest book for Louis at RememberTheirStory.com.