VANCOUVER, Wash. – A celebration of the life of Harold Lee Krouse was held Dec. 2, 2015, at the Evergreen Funeral Home in Vancouver, Wash. Harold passed away Nov. 29 at the age of 77. Born June 5, 1938, in Tahlequah, Okla., to Harold B. and Lela Krouse, he grew up in Tahlequah and graduated from Tahlequah High School in 1956. After high school, he attended Northeastern State University and then joined the United States Army Reserves. His career led him to Rockwell International in Long Beach, Calif., where he spent the next 5 years as a district sales manager in the appliance and air conditioning division. After many years, he joined Admiral Appliances which moved him to Vancouver, Wash., in 1969. Many years later he went to work at La Valley and Rheem, after Admiral went out of business. Harold retired from Rheem in 2007. Harold was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and working in his yard throughout his life. He enjoyed many hunting excursions with his son, friends and grandson Ryan. He was a lifetime member of the NRA, the National Parks, Elks Lodge, and the Washington Republican Party. In 2000, he was elected Republican of the Year, and in 2001, was invited to attend the inauguration of George Walker Bush by the Honorable Tom Davis of the Republican Congressional Committee. He is proceeded in death by his mother and father; brothers-in-law, Ed Stepp of Tahlequah, and Roy Morrison of Sacramento, Calif.; and sons-in-law, Phil Baker of Claremore, and Buddy Rose of Vancouver, Wash. Harold is survived by Ann Krouse, his wife of 37 years; sister, Lois Stepp of Tahlequah; daughter, Annette Webster of Claremore; daughter, Tanya Andrews and husband Steve, of Claremore; and son, Bryan Krouse and wife Marlania of Covington, Va.; stepson, Randy Kelly of Vancouver, Wash.; stepdaughter, Debi Bunch and husband Terry, and stepdaughter Tammy Kelly of Vancouver, Wash.; five grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren, 14 step-great-grandchildren; and his lifelong friend of 52 years, Chuck Cunningham of Layton, Utah.
Published on  December 12, 2015