Lucille Ione Crouch, the daughter of Clarence E. and Nellie G. (Clinkenbeard) Carter, was born on December 29, 1910, at the Ogden Hotel in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She was raised and attended school, including one year at Abraham Lincoln High School, in Council Bluffs. She then moved to Irwin, Iowa, with her family. On January 27, 1930, Lucille married Harold William Crouch in Harlan, Iowa. The couple lived in Irwin where Harold first ran a trucking company and later a grain elevator. In 1960, Lucille returned to Council Bluffs, and then in 1980, she moved to the Westridge Apartments in Harlan. Due to poor health, she became a resident of the Elm Crest Retirement Community in May, 1986.
Lucille was a member of the Irwin United Methodist Church until 1980, when she became a member of the First Assembly of God in Harlan. She was an active church member and taught Sunday School. Lucille was known as a good housekeeper and neighbor. A wonderful caregiver, she thrived on taking good care of her family. Lucille also took pride in her appearance, right down to her shoes. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, dancing, shopping, drawing, and painting.
Lucille I. Crouch died on Monday, December 20, 2004, at the Elm Crest Retirement Community in Harlan, Iowa, at the age of 93 years, 11 months, and 21 days.
Preceding Lucille in death were her parents; one brother, Lyle Carter; two sisters, Gladys Carter and Dorothy Richards; one son, Harold Crouch, Jr., at birth; one son-in law, John VonTersch; and one great-granddaughter, Angie Fite. Survivors include her former husband, Harold W. Crouch of Irwin, Iowa; two daughters, Georgene VonTersch of Lakewood, Colorado, and Meredith (Don) Armentrout of Harlan, Iowa; four grandchildren, Rod VonTersch, Shari Parker, Dana Armentrout, and Drew Armentrout; five great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
Graveside services were held on Thursday, December 23, 2004, at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Irwin, Iowa, with Rev. Alan W. Hazelton of the First Assembly of God in Harlan, Iowa, officiating. Casket bearers were Dana Armentrout, Drew Armentrout, Randy Parker, Shari Parker, Rod VonTersch, and Zach Parker. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Irwin, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan was in charge of the arrangements.