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George Roger Crouse

March 27, 1940 ~ September 1, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old


George Roger Crouse was born on March 27, 1940, in South Haven Michigan to George Russell and Evelyn (Myers) Crouse. He graduated from South Haven High School and married Ruth Elizabeth Thomas on October 25th, 1958. 
George served in the Michigan State Police from 1963 to 1987.  As a trooper, he was assigned to the Reed City, New Buffalo and Paw Paw Post, building life-long friendships with those he served alongside and earning the respect of the community with his personal integrity, professionalism and quiet acts of help to those in need. His last assignment was as Detective Lieutenant and Division Chief as a State Fire Marshall. Before joining the MSP, George worked at Sherman’s Dairy in South Haven and at the State Hospital in Kalamazoo.
Raised on a blueberry farm, with his four sisters (Nancy, Carol, Sue and JoAnn), farming was a great joy to him, and he returned to it even before his retirement from the MSP in 1989. George and his business partner (Harold Tubergen) began a blueberry farm from scratch north of Paw Paw. This piece of property became a favorite landing spot for George and Ruth’s children and grandchildren, especially in the summer, and many days of cherished memories were created on the farm. When the season for being an active farmer passed, he and Mom transferred those happy gatherings to their house on Lake Brownwood with boat rides, cookouts and ice fishing.
George was also an avid sportsman, and some of his most told and enjoyed stories regarded the times with friends and family were at the deer camp created by a friendship with Elwood Mitchell in Paris MI in 1963 that continues on to this day, and fish camp at Saymo Lake Canada.
George’s love of family does not end with his passing and is carried on through his wife, Ruth. She is lovingly supported by their children; George Reno (Renee) of Illinois, Gail (Goldie) of Colorado, David Rodney (Susan) of Michigan, and Cheryl Gerhardstein of Florida, and especially loved nephew, Jeffery (Jennifer) Crouse of Michigan.  
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Evelyn, and a sister, Nancy, and is survived by his sisters, Carol, Sue and JoAnn and many nieces and nephews. His eight grandchildren also honor his memory including Elizabeth, Eric, Nick and Adam, Brian, Abigail, Chris and Kat, and ten great-grandchildren.
Family and friends are invited to visit Thursday, September 7, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Adams Funeral Home, 502 West Michigan Ave., Paw Paw, where a funeral service will commence at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Devin Schulz officiating. Burial will conclude at Wildey Cemetery, Paw Paw. 


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September 7, 2023

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Adams Funeral Home
502 West Michigan Avenue
Paw Paw, MI 49079

Funeral Service
September 7, 2023

1:00 PM
Adams Funeral Home
502 West Michigan Avenue
Paw Paw, MI 49079


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