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Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home

1360 N Courtenay Pkwy, Merritt Island, FL

OBITUARY

Rod "Roddie" Crouch

March 18, 1963July 2, 2019
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Rod Crouch, 56, of Mellbourne, Florida passed away on Harbor Island in the Bahamas on July 2, 2019 surrounded by friends and loved ones.

Rod was born March 18, 1963, in Pineville, Louisiana to Homer and Delma Crouch. He graduated from Pineville High School in 1981, where he played football for the Pineville Rebels as an All-District performer on both offense and defense, later going on to play for the LSU Tigers at the collegiate level.

He joined the U.S. Air Force right out of school and, as a man who never sought to do the bare minimum, joined the Honor Guard and had the privilege of serving under presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush, Sr. He was an early adopter of computer technology and worked as a computer consultant for several years before becoming a Storage Area Network Engineer for Wells Fargo for the remainder of his professional career.

He held a lifelong love for sports, and could always be found out fishing with his family, at the NASCAR track with his wife, or at an LSU football game. When he wasn’t engaged in sports, he would relax on the beach with good friends, good wine, and a nice cigar. He knew that family was the people he kept close, and he loved his friends as much as he loved his father, mother, sister, and children. Few are blessed with as large and as loving a family as he.

People gravitated toward him because he was a man of great passion and few words. He was a man who let his actions speak for him. For some, he was a lent ear for when there was no one else to turn to; for others, he was a rock, an oasis of calm rationality in the turbulent storms of life; for everyone, he was a man to love, admire, and aspire to be. He was dedicated to his wife, his friends, his family, and to anyone who needed the support of a kindhearted soul. The world will always be in desperate need of men like him, and it aches now that his soul has departed from its face.

He is survived by his loving wife, Pam Crouch, and five adoring children: sons Christopher Crouch, Matthew Crouch, Gregory Crouch, Joshua Crouch, and a daughter, Bobbie Crouch, his parents, Homer and Delma Crouch, his sister, Stephanie Sarver, and many caring nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Friends and Family will be received at Wylie Baxley Funeral Home on Saturday, July 20 from 10 - 11am with A Celebration of Life Service at 11 am.

Services

20 July

Visitation

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home

1360 N Courtenay Pkwy
Merritt Island, Florida 32953

20 July

Visitation

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home

1360 N Courtenay Pkwy
Merritt Island, FL 32953

20 July

Celebration of Life

11:00 am

Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home

1360 N Courtenay Pkwy
Merritt Island, Florida 32953

20 July

Celebration of Life

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home

1360 N Courtenay Pkwy
Merritt Island, FL 32953

Memories

Rod "Roddie" Crouch

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Onelia Ortiz

July 20, 2019

Rod,
What an amazing man and friend you were. When I think of you I will think of your big bear hugs! You always lit up a party with your style and presence. In recent conversations I learned what a warm family man you were. The world is a better place because of your grace.

We will miss you.

With love,
Onelia and Russ

Marlene & Brian Spatola

July 20, 2019

Brian and I have enjoyed Rod's freindship for many years through traveling and our dinner club, our love for wine and cigars. He was a gentle man. He was always polite even when discussing politics or sports teams. We will miss him deeply.

Mark Jacobs

July 19, 2019

I am going to keep this short and sweet.

We lost a great friend and colleague.

I hope the Big Guy is sitting up there in his throne of LSU - Purple and Gold , looking down on us knowing his guidance and friendship will live on forever.

MJ

Steve Donohue

July 19, 2019

Rod was a friend, teammate and then ultimately my customer. I have thought about Rod a lot this week and I keep coming back to the same thought. I believe that Rod always strived to do the right thing in everything he did in life. He strived to do the right things for his family, friends and his internal customers at work. Rod certainly will be missed by all who knew him.

John Morrison

July 19, 2019

To Rod -


It’s rare in life to meet someone who cares with all his heart.
Who lets you know you’re in his thoughts, despite the miles you’re apart.
A friend who truly listens, who shares your ups and downs;
Who makes the time for drinks and smokes, or dinner on the town.
Spending hours on a weeknight drinking all the wedding wine,
Just building precious memories to hold for all our time.
I may not have recognized your love was so sincere,
But when I realized what I had, I held your friendship dear.
I know I told you many times, before you did depart -
That I appreciate the fact, you loved with all your heart.



Until we meet again, my friend;
Love hangin with ya...

Brad Crandall

July 19, 2019

I first met Rod during the merger with Wachovia and Wells Fargo and worked closely with Rod on many projects over the years. He was such a great guy to work with - always kind and considerate and always wanting to find the best solution to a problem. Over the last couple of years I had the pleasure of spending time with Rod during work travel in different cities getting to know him on a more personal level. His expertise and especially his personality will be sorely missed.
I'd like to extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to all Rod's friends and family and my most sincere appreciation for my time spent with Rod.

Paula Kyte

July 19, 2019

Rod - Will forever miss your big hugs, smile and laugh, your generosity and unconditional love for friends and family, how you cherished Pam, drinking 321’s on birthdays, our many dinners out, how you took care of us girls on camping trips, the way you rocked wearing bright colors, and the many good times watching football! The SEC games on the back porch wont be the same without you. Till we meet again at the finish line, you will forever be in our hearts!

Terry Pica

July 19, 2019

I first met Pam and Rod when I was in Florida visiting my brother and sister in law. He was a quiet man with a great sense of humor. When I saw that twinkle in his eye I knew I would be laughing at something funny and witty he said. As I got to know Rod during our DUB club trips I came to admire him as he was such a kind and caring man. I could see that he was a special and loyal friend to Joe and Robin. He will be remembered and missed by many.

Al NUTTALL

July 18, 2019

Pam, your family, and friends are hurting deeply subsequent to Rod's untimely departure from this earth.
Rod, we sure are going to miss you! Such a special guy with a zest for life and commitment to living it well!
What a wonderful time these recent years have been with Bev and I drawn into a unique group that enjoyed good times, great people, special food and wonderful escapes. There is no forgetting watching Rod enjoy a fine cigar and a sip of tequila after a delectable meal.
Rod enjoyed his golf. On a particular outing in Turks and Caicos, we hit the links in the steaming heat with rented clubs and shoes. (Rod got hand me downs from Michael Jordan, who ha been at the resort the previous week) Whack, whack, whack, balls here there, everywhere into the scrub and sand. The sun is relentless. Then, finally, Rod makes a birdie! All is good with the world, and drinks on Rod! What a guy!
During our last trip together to NYC, the group was discussing what size of a particular appetizer to get. Rod chimed in with his classic, "Don't hold back, you only live once!"
Thank you Rod for your friendship and also your military service to our country.

Al & Bev Nuttall

Jennifer McKillip

July 18, 2019

We are so happy that you and Pam found each other. However brief in our lives, you still had a great impact. We always enjoyed your jokes and laughter. You always had kind words for our children and a big heart. We especially will remember our trip to Savannah with you, Pam and Greg. Ghost busting in the garden or wedding crashing, we had an unforgettable time. We will remember the nights by the fire outside sharing wine and good stories. Lots of love. Till we meet again,