Paul William “PK” Krouse

October 06, 1924 ‒ December 10, 2012

Delaware, Ohio

Retired United States Army Chief Warrant Officer and retired Delaware City Police Department Captain, Paul William “PK” Krouse, 88, of Delaware, went to be with Lord late Monday evening December 10, 2012 surrounded by his loving family at his residence.

He was born on October 6, 1924 in Delaware to the late John Carl and Myrtle Elizabeth (Hanitsch) Krouse.

He attended South High School and Willis High School. After high school, he enlisted in the Army. World War II was going on at that time and he was sent to Europe where he served under General George Patton in the 41st Reconnaissance Squadron of the US 11th Armored Division, 3rd US Army in the Battle of the Bulge and on May 5, 1945, this squad of US Army soldiers, approached the Mauthausen –Gusen concentration camp and helped liberate it. After the war he returned to Delaware and worked as an auto and truck mechanic. On October 16, 1950, he was appointed to the Delaware Police Department and served as a patrol officer until he was appointed Lieutenant in 1960. As Lieutenant, he was in charge of the 2nd shift. In 1968 he was appointed Captain. After Chief Morris retired in 1972, Captain Krouse was appointed Acting Chief of Police. During his Police career he remained active in the US Army, serving with the National Guard and the US Army Reserve. He was called back into service for the Korean War for one year. He served a total of 41 years with the US Army, received 3 bronze stars, and attained the rank of Chief Warrant Officer (W4) upon retiring in 1984. After retiring from the police department in 1979, he took many motorcycle trips to Florida, Colorado, Canada, California, and elsewhere. He also caught military flights all over the world.

He was a member of the American Legion, AmVets Post #102, Delaware County FOP Lodge #56, Hamburger Inn 10 o’clock Coffee Club, Blue Knights, Reserve Officers Association, and a former member of the Delaware Elks Lodge #76. He was an avid OSU Buckeye fan and loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Left to cherish his memory is his 4 daughters and a son, Suzanne (Cliff) Curtis, Karen (Tom) McCreary-Smith, Melinda (Steve) Ulery, and Denise (Larry) Weiser, and Steve Krouse, all of Delaware; 14 grandchildren, Jeffrey (Angel), Jennifer, and Melissa Curtis, Brian and Scott Kenney, Monika and Mallory McCreary, Amy (Tommy) Larason, Doug (Jesse) Jackson, Matt and Megan Ulery, Stacee (Jack) Cassidy, Jason (Sarah) and Brandy Krouse; 15 great grandchildren, Garrett, Kamren, and Eva Curtis, Lauren, Gavin, and Alexa Kenney, Avery and Ethan Brown, Taylor and Dillon Larason, Kadence and Cody Cassidy, Brittany, Jason, and Jaden Krouse; 4 sisters-in-law, Sally Krouse of Canton, Jackie Moffett and Ginny Shaw of Delaware, and Donna Shaw of Ashland; 2 brothers-in-law, Harry (Sandy) and Tommy Shaw of Delaware; niece, Kathy (Jamie) Vretas of Canton. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years Ruth Ann (Shaw), granddaughter Michelle McCreary, brother Carl Krouse, brothers-in-law George, Dick, and Jim, and sister-in-law Betty Hinkle and her husband Gerald.

The family will receive friends on Friday December 14th from 5 – 9 pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William Street at Valleyside Drive, Delaware and where funeral services will be held on Saturday December 15th at 1:00 pm with Chaplain James Meacham officiating. Following cremation, graveside services will be held on Monday December 17th at 10:00 am at Oak Grove Cemetery, Delaware where the Delaware County Veterans Association will provide military honors (the procession to Oak Grove Cemetery will form at the funeral home between 9:15 and 9:30 am Monday).

Contributions in Paul’s memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or the Delaware County FOP Lodge #56 to be used for Fallen Officers.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve this veteran and his family and condolences may be expressed and memories may be shared by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com