Daniel G. Crouchley

Daniel G. Crouchley

November 1, 1950 – December 7, 2019

He was preceded in death by his parents, Colonel Edward A. Crouchley, USAF (ret.) and Mary Stafford Crouchley. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Maureen Shanahan Crouchley; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary “Molly” and Dave Cihal, of Omaha and Anne Crouchley and Ansel Wallenfang of Portland, OR; brothers and sisters-in-law, Edward “Ted” and Jean Crouchley, John “Jay” and Carol Crouchley; sisters and brothers-in-law. Barbara and Michael Noyes and Joan Crouchley and Steve Sidner; many nieces and a nephew.

Dan was a graduate of Creighton Prep, Creighton University and Creighton School of Law where he graduated with honors. He started his legal career as a Douglas County Attorney and later worked for M.U.D. serving as General Counsel for the company.

He was a musician and played with the band, The Firm/The Front for many years and later began writing and recording his own music.

He was a tenacious genealogist of the Crouchley and Shanahan families and an indefatigable researcher and historian with particular interest in WWII. His efforts resulted in friendships around the globe and ultimately led to the discovery of his uncle’s B-24 and the recovery of his remains. Lt. John Dudley Crouchley had been missing since 1944. In 2010 the U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria invited Dan to the Embassy in Sophia for the dedication of a monument honoring WWII Americans who lost their lives in Bulgaria. While there the Ambassador and his staff took Dan and Maureen to his uncle’s B-24 crash site in the Rodopi Mountains,  a profound experience.

In May, Dan’s Uncle Dudley’s remains were returned home after 75 years to his grandchildren and laid to rest in Bristol, Rhode Island, next to his son. On November 24, Dan’s father and uncle were inducted into the Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame.

Dan’s greatest joy and pride were his daughters, Molly and Anne and the fine men they married. He was a beloved husband, father, brother and friend who lived his life with great curiosity and enthusiasm. Truly a life well lived.

Family will receive friends Tuesday, December 17th from 5pm to 7pm, at the West Center Chapel followed by a VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  FUNERAL MASS: Wednesday, December 18th, 10am, St. John’s Catholic Church at Creighton University (2500 California Plaza).  INTERMENT: Bellevue Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Habitat for Humanity or the Salvation Army.

 

9 Comments

  • Carole and Gary Hunt Posted December 15, 2019 9:28 am

    Marn, we were so saddened to hear of Dan’s passing. It’s always too soon!
    Our hearts go out to you and your family.

  • Kevin and Mary Duffy Posted December 15, 2019 12:47 pm

    Maureen, Molly, Ann and the whole Crouchley family, we were so sorry to hear about Dan’s death. He was such a wonderful man. May God grant all of you comfort during this time. Rest in Peace, Dan.You have done well.

  • Wendy Wright and Roger Bergman Posted December 16, 2019 9:09 am

    Maureen and family,
    Roger and I send our sympathy to you at this time. May the blessings of Dan’s life console you in this time of transition. With warmest regards Wendy

  • Sue Calef Posted December 16, 2019 6:06 pm

    Molly & Annie, your Dad was a wonderful man & father. You are surely proof of that. And Maureen, he was blessed to have you with him as life-partner in this life – and surely in his illness. May your faith in the Love that is God comfort all of you in days ahead. With you in heart & spirit!

  • Barbara Brock Posted December 17, 2019 3:13 pm

    Maureen and daughters, I shared a few emails with Dan about a common relative on our Ancestry family trees and wish I could have gotten to know him better. My heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow. God bless. Barb

  • Susie Crouchley Bagatta Posted December 18, 2019 4:55 am

    Maureen, Anne, and Molly, I was so very sad to learn of Dan’s passing. .I felt the moment we reconnected at Uncle Dud’s homecoming what a remarkable person he was .God watch over you in your grief as he is surely watching over Dan in heaven. Love Susie

  • Ross L Bellinghiere Posted December 19, 2019 3:30 pm

    To the loved ones of Dan, we send our deepest condolences. It was a bit of a shock to learn of Dan’s recent death. Know that he was a good friend in our Creighton Prep days and will always be highly regarded. You are all in our thoughts and prayers as you adjust to this new normal. May the fond memories of better days fill your days with good thoughts. He will always remain in fond memories that we shared many years ago. Our deepest sympathy for you and your family. Dr. Ross L. & Kathleen Bellinghiere

  • James Kramper Posted December 22, 2019 11:29 am

    Eternal rest to him and peace to his family and friends!

  • Stephen Pfeifer Posted January 2, 2020 11:12 pm

    Molly, Anne & Maureen; My sincerest condolences to my Delta Chi brother, Dan Crouchley..

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