Pa. man had 'heart the size' of Fulton County

March 26, 1997


Staff Writer, Waynesboro

MCCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - George Richard "Dick" Crouse, who died Monday of a natural causes at his home, was remembered as someone who was always willing to lend a hand to anyone needing it in his Fulton County community.

"Underneath the exterior he had the heart the size of the county," said Crouse's brother, Bob.

Crouse, 52, was active in the mountain-area communities, and had been president of McConnellsburg Borough Council president.

A general math and algebra teacher at James Buchanan High School in Mercersburg, Pa., Crouse ended his nearly 31-year teaching career last spring.

Robert Beaumont, acting principal at the high school, said Crouse told him he wanted to retire early while he was still young enough to enjoy life.


"This is a real shock to our faculty and the students," Beaumont said.

Beaumont said Crouse was known for working with students who found math a difficult subject.

"He kind of had a knack for the kids who struggled," Beaumont said.

Known throughout Tuscarora School District as "a real sports advocate," Crouse was at one time an assistant athletic director, Beaumont said. He also was game manager and kept score at high school basketball games, Beaumont said.

Though working with numbers was his profession, it also crept into his private life.

Crouse worked as a bookkeeper for the American Legion in McConnellsburg and for the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Department, of which he was a life member and past president. He also served on the fire department's bylaws committee.

"He was an awfully good manager," said Max Stenger, mayor of McConnellsburg and Crouse's cousin. "He had a wonderful personality."

Each time the fire department held its annual banquet, Crouse worked in the kitchen, Stenger said.

"He was a sharp fella. He always, always watched his pennies," said Mahlon Shimer of McConnellsburg, who recalled working with Crouse at the fire department.

At the time of this death, Crouse was serving his third term as president of the McConnellsburg Borough Council.

He was a member and past secretary of Mt. Zion Lodge 774, and a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ.

Crouse was known to lend a helping hand to anyone who asked, Shimer added.

"He wasn't just a member," Shimer said. "When he belonged to an organization, he really belonged. He was totally dedicated."

An avid hunter, primarily of deer, Crouse belonged to the Fulton County Sportsmens Association and the Mercersburg Sportsmens Association.

One of his favorite getaways was his cabin on top of the mountain near McConnellsburg.

"He did enjoy that," Shimer said.

Born in Warfordsburg, Pa., he was the son of Inez Brown Crouse of McConnellsburg and the late George L. Crouse.

He was a 1962 graduate of McConnellsburg High School and a 1966 graduate of Shippensburg College.

In addition to his mother and brother, he is survived by another brother, Charles L. Crouse of Dunbar, Pa., and nieces and nephews.

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