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Lora Crouch

Lora Crouch

Lora Crouch

- February 4, 2019

Lora was born August 30, 1958, in McVille, ND, to Bernice (Trostad) and Samuel Samuelson.  Lora went to school in Warwick/Devils Lake, ND.  She was a cheerleader.  She graduated from high school in 1976.  She met the love of her life in 1976 in Devils Lake, ND.  Lora and Michael Crouch got married July 5, 1977.

     On March 1, 1977, they welcomed their first child, Casey.  Lora and Michael moved to Lead, SD, in 1977.  Lora worked at a restaurant in Lead.  They welcomed their second child, Lonnie, in August 1980.  In May 1982, they welcomed their third child, Melissa.  In 1983, they moved to Sturgis, SD.  Lora stayed home to the raise the kids.  In 1987-ish, she started working at Boulder Canyon Restaurant in Sturgis.  She enjoyed all her local customers who became good friends and family.  When Boulder Canyon Restaurant closed, she worked at Ben Franklin in Rapid City.  Then she worked at Mountain West Millworks in Whitewood.  In 2002, she started working at Premier Bankcard in Spearfish, SD.  She worked as a customer service representative.  Lora loved working with her Premier Family.  She was heartbroken when Premier Bankcard closed in July 2011.  In March 2013, Lora started working at CBH Coop Travel Center in Belle Fourche.  Lora continued to work at CBH until the time of her passing away.

     In 2007, Lora found her dream house in Belle Fourche, SD.  Lora was so proud of her house and yard.  She loved working in the yard, her flower gardens, and garden.

     Lora was involved in JC Ett in Lead, started in the mid ‘80s, was very active in the pool leagues, loved to sew, read, loved her chocolate, romantic and sci-fi novels, taking pictures and videos of her family, gardening, proud of her fish tank/pond with her turtles, baking, crafts with the grandkids, traveling to see her family, and the unconditional love she gave to her kids and grandkids.

     In 2015, Lora and Mike opened M & L ATV rentals in Lead, SD.  Lora enjoyed talking about the customer’s experience while out riding the ATVs.  She was very proud of their Haunted Halloween ATV ride for charities.  She hated the idea of the ATV business at first, but after the first few weekends she fell in love with the customers and memories it gave to the customers.  She really fell in the love with the business when the family took the ATV out to Orman and the kids and grandkids had a muddy, stinky mess.

     Lora Jean Crouch, 60, of Belle Fourche, SD, lost her battle with cancer on January 28, 2019, at Rapid City Regional Hospital surrounded by her family.

     Lora is survived by her dad, Samuel Samuelson, Minot, ND; her husband, Michael Crouch, Belle Fourche, SD; her three kids, Casey Crouch, Rapid City, SD, Lonnie Crouch, Belle Fourche, SD, and Melissa (Jerome) Crouch, Black Hawk, SD; five grandkids, Andrea Crouch, Rapid City, SD, Dalton Crouch, Rapid City, SD, Tavin Crouch, Rapid City, SD, Brett Crouch, Belle Fourche, SD, and Veronika Crouch, Belle Fourche, SD; her siblings, Deb Morin, Minot, ND, Mark Samuelson, Monroe, LA, Todd (Gwen) Samuelson, Battle Mountain, NV, Scott Samuelson, Minot, ND, and Tricia (Daniel) Eback, Fargo, ND; 21 nieces and nephews; 26 great-nieces and nephews; 10 sisters/brothers-in-laws; and her pool team, friends, and coworkers.

     Lora was preceded in death by her baby brother; her mother, Berniece Samuelson; her brothers-in-law, Steve Morin and Dennis Crouch; and her mother and father-in-law, Toots and David Crouch.

     Thank you from the Crouch family for all the prayers and thoughts.

     Donations can be sent to in honor of Lora to Pilots for Christ-Wyoming Chapter, PO BOX 94, Gillette, WY 82717.

     A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 7, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

     Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 8, 2019, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with Rev. Bruce Baum officiating.  Inurnment will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.

     Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.


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