David P. Croucher
David Paul Croucher, 66, a resident of Alva, FL since 2014, formerly of Indianapolis, IN, passed away Sunday, February 17, 2019 in Cape Coral, FL. He was born July 11, 1952 in Indianapolis, IN to Hobart and Shirley Croucher, now deceased.
Dave retired after 27 years from the Indianapolis Fire Department and was part owner at Albro Gun Shop. He also was a 32nd Degree Mason and past president of the Fireman’s Club at Murat Temple in Indianapolis. He was a graduate of Southport High School in Indianapolis and known for being “Best Dressed” in his class.
Dave loved the History Channel, anything about the world wars. He had many collections. He was the youngest in his family and his Dad, Hobart, nicknamed him Bullet from the Snuffy Smith Cartoons.
Dave was a loving and loyal husband to Barb, and they celebrated 40 years of marriage in October of 2018. Their lifelong dream was to retire to Florida where they spent 4 years together having many laughs with their family and friends.
Barb remembers meeting Dave at the Disco-Tech while living in Chicago and knew when they met, he was the one for her. He was her “Knight in shining armor.” They moved to Indiana where they raised their 3 boys. He loved sitting under the oak tree and telling life stories to them. He enjoyed family gatherings and was the “life of the party.”
Dave was diagnosed with small cell carcinoma of the lung in September of 2018. He never complained and accepted the battle along with other illnesses such as Guillain Barre Syndrome when he was in his 20’s and treatment for Conversion disorder after leaving the Fire Department. In January he was cleared of his lung cancer only to find out one month later that the disease spread to his brain which took him quickly.
David was of the Christian faith. The verse he held dearly to his heart was “I shall not die, but live and declare the works of the Lord.” (Psalm 118:17)
He is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara Ann Croucher of Alva, FL; three loving sons, Dustin Luther Croucher (Marisa) of Coupeville, WA, Drew Aaron Croucher of Indianapolis, IN, and Jordan Paul Croucher (Brittany) of Indianapolis, IN; two siblings, Janice Riggs (James) of Indianapolis, IN, and Hobart Jake Croucher (Rita) of Nineveh, IN; four grandchildren, Maximus, Kelan, Marley and Delilah; as well as his beloved puppy, Wilson
A Celebration of Life will be held in IN, details to be announced via www.MullinsMemorial.com
Memorial Contributions in memory of David Paul Croucher are suggested to either The Lungevity Foundation, 228 Wabash Ave., Suite 700, Chicago, IL 60604 or to The Firefighters Museum & Survive Alive Indianapolis, 748 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204 or to The American Boxer Charitable Foundation, PO BOX 4194, Gettysburg, PA 17325.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care.