Michael Joseph Crouch died on October 14, 2019 in Ponca City, Oklahoma at the age of 72. Mike was born in Beloit, WI on August 11, 1947. He was the son of Oscar Henry Crouch and Helen Irene Conley Crouch. Growing up as an “Army brat”, Mike started school in Metz, France and graduated high school in Heidelberg, Germany. Following high school Mike joined the USAF. Sgt. Crouch was a Vietnam Veteran and was awarded a bronze star. After completing a diesel mechanic course in Phoenix, AZ, Mike worked at a copper mine in Tucson, Az. He met Joyce Ann Crane in October 1971 and they were married on February 12, 1972. Their only child, Stacie Ann Crouch was born in December 1975.
The family moved to Oklahoma in 1977 where Mike worked as a forklift mechanic until his health forced him to retire. He enjoyed supporting Stacie’s activities which included helping out at Camp McFadden when Stacie was a Camp Fire Girl. Mike served on the State 4-H Horse Council and was a Palomino Horse Breeders Association parent volunteer. He loved hauling Stacie, her friends and their horses to shows and rodeo queen contests and was fortunate to continue doing so with his grandchildren. Mike also enjoyed riding in parades and on trail rides with the Ponca Trailblazers. Mike was preceded in death by his grandparents Robert and Irene Conley and Owen and Mary Crouch; his parents Oscar and Helen Crouch; and his siblings Bob, Mary Ann and John Crouch. He is survived by his wife Joyce; daughter Stacie and son-in-law Jimmy Smith; grandchildren Rachael Smith and fiancé Mollie Shoptease; Madison, Wyatt and Cashlynn Smith; great grandson Trenton Shoptease; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. As per Mike’s wishes, a dinner party in his honor will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Camp McFadden in Ponca City, OK. The family will be there at 5:00 pm and dinner will be served at 6:30 pm. As Mike would say, wear what you wanna wear. Please RSVP on Facebook or call/text 580-761-8840. Satellite navigation maps such as Google Maps likely will try to take you directly to the lake. It’s important to follow these directions once you are near. Take Hartford Ave, East of Ponca City, and turn North onto Enterprise Road. Turn right when you see the sign for Camp McFadden. Remembrances may be shared online at www.stittsworthfuneralservices.com
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