Remembering William "Bill" Mohler Crouch

December 23, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. — William "Bill" Mohler Crouch passed away on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at the age of 81. Bill was born on August 23, 1933 in Alberta, Canada to Edwin and Naomi Crouch, and grew up in Liberty, Mo. He and his two younger brothers, John and Eddie, were members of the Little Shoal 4-H Club in Clay County, Mo. Their mother, Naomi, served as their club leader.

Bill met his wife, Betty, while attending the University of Missouri-Columbia. They were married in 1959, and moved to St. Louis, Mo., where they raised their two children, Steve and Ibby. After working for Betty's family-owned business, Adams Dairy and Velvet Freeze Ice Cream, Bill began a new career in the financial services industry and eventually became a founding partner of The Capital Group, LLC.

A man of service, dedicated to his family and community, Bill served on the Missouri 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees for more than 19 years. During his tenure, he served as chairman and led the Investment and Finance Committee for several terms. He also served on the boards of William Jewell College, the American and Missouri Quarter Horse Associations, and he was a devoted member of Kirkwood Baptist Church.

Much like his mother, Naomi, Bill was a dedicated 4-H volunteer and embodied every quality the 4-H clover represents. In 1990, the Missouri 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees established the Naomi Crouch Volunteer Leadership Award in recognition of Naomi's dedication to the youth of Missouri. Each spring, Bill proudly presented the award to three outstanding 4-H volunteers in honor of his mother.

Bill is survived by his wife, Betty Crouch; son Steven Crouch; daughter Ibby Crouch Woodsmall; grandchildren Kyle and Tyler Woodsmall; sister Sarah Crouch Peterson of Plano, Tex.; his brother John Crouch of Waikoloa, Hawaii. He is preceded in death by his brother Eddie Crouch and his sister Marie Crouch Pryor.

Memorials may be given to the Missouri 4-H Foundation Naomi Crouch Volunteer Leadership Fund, 1110 S. College Avenue, Columbia, MO 65211.