Frederick Crouch, 98, was lifelong resident of Greater Danbury

Frederick "Dave" Crouch, 98, died Jan. 29, 2011, surrounded by his family at his home in Southbury.

Mr. Crouch was born Feb. 18, 1912, in Redding, son of Frederick and Gertrude (Hanks) Crouch.

As a young boy, his family moved to Newtown where he lived most of his life. He had many fond memories of his life in Newtown.

In the late 1920s, Mr. Crouch, along with his buddies, helped to built Edmond Town Hall by delivering bricks to the bricklayers.

Mr. Crouch was a member of the team that played the first basketball game in Edmond Town Hall.

He fought in World War II with General Patton's Third Army 258th Combat Engineers.

Shortly after the war ended in 1945, he was stationed in Bavaria, Germany, where he met his wife, Anna (Staudhammer) Crouch, who survives him.

Mr. Crouch was a longtime self-employed masonry contractor. He also worked for many years for Robert Fulton Company in Danbury.

He was a founding member and deacon of the former Bible Baptist Church in Newtown. He was a member of the Central Baptist Church in Southington.

Mr. Crouch had a passion for witnessing Jesus Christ, fishing and hunting.

During his younger years in Newtown, he served as a constable and volunteer fireman.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children and their families, a son, Frederick Crouch, and his wife, Mary, grandchildren Emily and Eli and a great-grandson, Sebastian Roscoe, of Northfield; a son, Arthur Crouch, and his wife, Norma, and grandchildren Melanie and David, of New Milford; a daughter, Susan O'Connor, and her husband Dan, and grandchildren Alison and Evan, of Southington; a daughter, Pamela Palmer, and her husband, Tim, and a granddaughter, Lindsey Palmer, all of Roxbury, a granddaughter, Leanna Moran, and her husband, Terry, and great-grandchildren Jesse and Brett of Bedford, Mass.; a daughter, Dina Walsh, and her husband, Jim, and grandchildren James and Nickolas, of Newtown. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held today (Friday) at 11 a.m. in the Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main St., Newtown. Interment will be at Newtown Village Cemetery in the spring.

Memorials may be made to the Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut, 405 Main St., Danbury, CT 06810 or www. Regional