Milton “Bud” Crouch passed away peacefully on the morning of June 18, 2019 at Palouse Hills Assisted Living in Moscow. He was 94 years old.
Milton Oakley was born April 13, 1925 to Cecil and Goldie (Hanks) Crouch, in Whitefish, MT. They moved to Orofino when he was five years old. Bud attended school in Grangemont and completed his education in Orofino, graduating in 1943. He then enlisted in the US Army where he was awarded a Purple Heart, after losing sight in his right eye during the battle for Okinawa.
Bud returned to the United States, where he was assigned to guard prisoners in Montana, until the end of the war. Bud served his country proudly until he discharged from the Army in 1946.
Bud and Leona Musser Cooper were married March 22, 1949 at the “Hitching Post” in Coeur d’Alene. He became a father to her two children, Terry Lynn, and Larry Dean, whom he later adopted. He and Leona welcomed a son, James, in May 1950, and they became a family of five.
Bud loved camping, hunting and fishing. He had great fishing stories he shared with all that would listen while fishing from his jet boat, the ‘Heidi Ho’!
Bud worked in the woods of Idaho for 40+ years, and was a self-employed trucker for 10 of those years. He retired from the Corps of Engineers in 1990. Bud led a long and productive life. He was hardworking and stubborn at times … instilling his independent values to his kids and grandkids in hopes they would succeed as adults. He always offered his opinion, and was stubborn to a fault, but loved his family with all his heart.
He and Leona did not waste their retirement years. They began traveling to destinations that included British Columbia, Alaska, Mexico, the Black Hills, and Cameron, MO … the hometown of Leona’s great grandfather. They spent winters in Yuma, AZ and summers in Ilwaco, WA, owning properties in both locations.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife of 61 years, Leona, and daughter Terry. Bud is survived by his sons, Larry, wife Grace, and Jim, and wife Jody; grandchildren Brett Gordon, wife Kazumi, Heidi Hawkins, husband Kevin, Amie Durk, husband Larry and Beau Crouch and wife Sommer; great-grandkids, Shea Hawkins, Rylie Johnson and husband Brandon, and Quinten, Derek, and Madison Crouch, and his great-great granddaughter Autumn Rain Crouch, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be conducted at a later date when family can gather to celebrate his life.
Bud’s life lives on through the stories told by family and friends. We will miss you ‘Big Bud”.