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AYER — Richard G. Croucher, 61, died Sunday, July 8, 2007, at the Worcester Medical Center, Worcester after an extended illness.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Judith O. (Williams) Croucher; a son, Christopher William Gary Croucher of Ayer; a stepson, Jeffrey W. Olmstead of Orlando, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Jill Morales of Orlando, Fla.; two brothers, William Croucher and Gary Croucher, both of Florida; and five grandchildren, Rebecca Morales, Leonardo Morales Jr., MacKenzie Olmstead, Gwendolyn Olmstead and Alexis Olmstead.

Mr. Croucher was born in Baltimore, Md., on Feb. 7, 1946, a son of the late William and Cecelia B. (Dannenfelser) Croucher and has resided in the Ayer area for the past six years. Prior to that, he resided in Germany and Waynesboro, Pa.

For the past six years, Mr. Croucher served as the family program director for the 94th RRC Army Reserves at Devens. Previously, he held similar positions at the United States Army bases in Wurtzburg, Germany and Fort Richey, Md.

He was a graduate of the University of Florida where he received his bachelor’s degree in psychology. He served his country in the United States Air Force where he served two tours in Vietnam.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. on Monday, July 16, at the Anderson Funeral Home, 25 Fitchburg Road, Route 2A, Ayer. Burial will be in the Parkwood Cemetery, Baltimore, MD.

A visitation period will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Monday, prior to the start of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Christopher William Gary Croucher Education Fund, and may be left at the funeral home.

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