He was born in Bowling Green, Ind., March 19, 1924, the son of Harry and Ada Crouse. Following school Melvin worked on building United States 40 for the W.P.A. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1943 where he served in the European Theatre during D-Day. He was honorably discharged as a Private First Class in 1946. He married Virginia Clark Dec. 31, 1948. Melvin worked for Commercial Solvents for nearly 40 years before retiring in 1986 as a pipefitter.
Known as a "Jack of All Trades," Melvin enjoyed working around the house. He especially enjoyed gardening and taking care of the yard. He was also handy with plumbing and electrical work and could fix nearly anything. He and his wife have been members of the Cloverland Gospel Church for many years. After retirement Melvin and Virginia enjoyed traveling some, but most of his time was spent helping others and spending time with family.
Melvin is survived by his wife of 63 years Virginia Crouse, Cloverland, two daughters Brenda Evans, Brazil and Cheryl McKinney and husband Doug, Brazil, grandchildren Caitlynn McKinney and fiancé Nick Bryan, Brazil, Matthew McKinney, Brazil, and Charlinda Evans, North Vernon, two sisters-in-law Sue Clark and Dodie Clark, Brazil, as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Services will be at French Funeral Home, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at 1 p.m., with Pastor Scott Golembiecki officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the United States Army, as well as members of the American Legion Post 2 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1127. Visitation will be at the funeral home, Saturday, from 11 a.m., until time of services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cloverland Gospel Church c/o Cathy Rodgers, 6547 W. State Road 340, Brazil, Ind., 47834-7860. Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.