Merle Ray Crouch, 87, of Alma died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Van Buren. He was born Dec. 13, 1926. He was a member of Alma First Baptist Church, retired employee of Coca-Cola, Navy veteran and received a bravery medal for diving. He was state champion for Dance Waltz Team and widower of Patricia Crouch.

He is survived by a daughter, Tina Marie Dawn Rubin of Nice, Calif.; three sons, Merle Crouch Jr. of Hartford, David Crouch of Walnut Grove, Calif., and Dennis Crouch of Alma, 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Jan. 28 at Alma City Cemetery in Alma under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith.