• Jere A. Crouse

    JERE A. CROUSE
    January 3, 2021

    Jere Alsten Crouse, 78, received his eternal wings on January 3, 2021 due to complications from his paralysis.  Jere was born in Dexter, Maine and was the son of the late Keith and Dorothy (Greene) Crouse. In 1960, he graduated from Dexter High School, where he played football and where his passion for fast cars began.  He was enlisted in the US Air Force and served 4 years at Dow Air Force Base in Bangor, Maine.  In 1964, he relocated to Vernon, CT.  He worked at Hi-G in Windsor Locks.  He and his brother Barry (predeceased) enjoyed racing cars at the Stafford Speedway.  In 1967, Jere relocated to Baltimore, MD where he met Sharon.  While working for AMP Inc as their northeast regional salesman, he was awarded salesman of the year for several years. In 1970, Jere and Sharon relocated to Chittenango and he became a part of the Tri-Valley Hill Climbers motocross club, The American Legion, and the local airplane club.  Jere and Sharon purchased Ken’s Diner in 1972 which then became Sharon’s Luncheonette serving the community for 32 years.  He and a friend began a small construction company together called Callahan and Crouse. In 1978 Jere started his own company, Crouse Construction and Gravel Bed.  Jere was passionate about many things in life.  He was a very successful entrepreneur who loved to come up with new ideas for businesses.  He enjoyed collecting corvettes and was a huge fan of NASCAR.  Rebuilding cars with his lifelong friend Jimmy Silverman was a highlight of his time spent in Maine.  Jere loved adventure and lived life to its fullest.  Prior to his accident, he was an avid pilot and known for his motor cross racing, snowmobiling, dune buggy and the camp on the hill.  He enjoyed downhill skiing and waterskiing and scuba diving. In 1985, Jere had a motorcycle accident and was paralyzed from the chest down. During the course of his recovery he became ill, and eventually was transferred to Craig Hospital in Denver Colorado where he rehabilitated for a year. He returned home, bought a conversion van, learned how to drive with his hand controls and never looked back. He never let his injury slow him down. Jere was admired for his drive and commitment to his gravel bed.  He didn’t miss a Saturday in the shop managing Chittenango Self Storage or setting up work for Monday gravel runs.  Jere enjoyed keeping busy and staying active, even after his accident. He was a very social man who enjoyed the company of his friends and family. He was always on the move whether he was plowing snow in his 4X4 van, attending the state fair, taking his cars to car shows, or making his annual trips to Maine to visit family and friends. He never let anything stop him. Jere had an infectious, magnetic personality and will be missed by everyone.  He was very inspirational to so many people, that you can do anything you put your mind to.  Jere was a kind gentle man, who loved life and fought to the very end. Jere is survived by his first wife, Bethany Perkins and their daughter, Katherine (Jeff) Daigle, her children, Tyler Benn and Janna Benn (predeceased); 4 children from his second wife, Sharon Crouse (predeceased), Christina (Vito) Raineri and their three sons, Jeremy (Annabel), Joey (Danielle) and Jonathon, Carrie (Dave) Montroy and their two daughters, Emily and Ashley and Chelsie Crouse and her 4 children, Anna, Kaydence, Mackenzie and Bryce.  He was also predeceased by a son Billy Gehring. Jere is survived by Joanne Gustina, his long time caregiver and companion, his brother Fred (Belinda) Crouse and predeceased by his brother Barry (Dodie) Crouse.  Several nieces and nephews.  A private service will be held at G.F. Zimmer Funeral Home in Chittenango, NY with a burial ceremony at St. Patrick’s Cemetery.  Please join friends and family for a Celebration of Life on Friday, January 8, at Crouse’s Gravel Bed from 3 to 7pm. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to craighospital.org, who saved Jere’s life in 1986.

                                                            G.F. ZIMMER F.H.

                                                 CHITTENANGO 315-345-2601

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    A remarkable man and a remarkable friend. Very sorely missed by all who knew him. Peace be with you Jere. ♥️

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    A remarkable man and a remarkable friend. Very sorely missed by all who knew him. Peace be with you Jere. ♥️

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    You will be forever loved and missed Jere. You were an incredible man. A Superman in our eyes and many others. I'm so glad I got to be part of your life. May you be at Peace. We love you

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    You lived a great life under difficult circumstances and we’ll all miss you very much! Fly high with your brother until we all meet again. ❤️😘

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    My dad always spoke highly of Jere and how much he admired him. I had the pleasure of meeting Jere in 2019 on my annual trip up to NY to see my dad. Jere and I talked about cars, airplanes and our time in the military. He had so many interesting stories to tell. For someone in a wheelchair he had so much energy. You didn't have to wait for Jere. In fact he would be waiting on you to be ready! I wish I could have visited with him last year. Rest in peace Jere.

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    Jere was a great man he always inspired me to work harder be better not just by example but with his words and kindness to me. He helped me to turn my life around he saw something in me I did not and helped me to find it, for that I will always be grateful and I will always love and miss him.

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    Prayers for the family. Lost another good friend/boss. May you Rest In Peace buddy.

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    Thinking of all of you. He was a remarkable man. Always upbeat and kind. I never heard him complain. A man to look up to! He will be missed by everyone that knew him. Dave and Lori

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    Thinking of all of you. He was a remarkable man. Always upbeat and kind. I never heard him complain. A man to look up to! He will be missed by everyone that knew him. Dave and Lori

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    Thinking of all of you. He was a remarkable man. Always upbeat and kind. I never heard him complain. A man to look up to! He will be missed by everyone that knew him. Dave and Lori

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    Carrie, Dave and family, We would like to extend our condolences to your entire family. Sending healing prayers and hugs. Love, Jodi and Harry

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    Carrie, Dave and family, We would like to extend our condolences to your entire family. Sending healing prayers and hugs. Love, Jodi and Harry

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    Jere you will be missed terribly but we loved you bunches. We are so sad of your passing but at the same time glad that you are no longer in a wheelchair and you can run and breath without that trach. May you enjoy heaven and we will see you when we get there.

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    Jere you will be missed terribly but we loved you bunches. We are so sad of your passing but at the same time glad that you are no longer in a wheelchair and you can run and breath without that trach. May you enjoy heaven and we will see you when we get there.

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    Jere you will be missed terribly but we loved you bunches. We are so sad of your passing but at the same time glad that you are no longer in a wheelchair and you can run and breath without that trach. May you enjoy heaven and we will see you when we get there.

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    Jere you will be missed terribly but we loved you bunches. We are so sad of your passing but at the same time glad that you are no longer in a wheelchair and you can run and breath without that trach. May you enjoy heaven and we will see you when we get there.

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    Jere you will be missed terribly but we loved you bunches. We are so sad of your passing but at the same time glad that you are no longer in a wheelchair and you can run and breath without that trach. May you enjoy heaven and we will see you when we get there.

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    Jere you will be missed terribly but we loved you bunches. We are so sad of your passing but at the same time glad that you are no longer in a wheelchair and you can run and breath without that trach. May you enjoy heaven and we will see you when we get there.

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    Jere you will be missed terribly but we loved you bunches. We are so sad of your passing but at the same time glad that you are no longer in a wheelchair and you can run and breath without that trach. May you enjoy heaven and we will see you when we get there.

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    Jere you will be missed terribly but we loved you bunches. We are so sad of your passing but at the same time glad that you are no longer in a wheelchair and you can run and breath without that trach. May you enjoy heaven and we will see you when we get there.

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    YOU WERE A GREAT FRIEND. LOVE THE BBQ AT THE GARAGE . 40 YEARS FRIEND. GOD BLESS YOU. YOU WILL BE MISSED.

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    I had the pleasure of doing business with Jere for the past 20 or so years. As time went on we got to know each other and shared stories of our past, interests, etc.. I will miss these conversations with Jere. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

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    It was a pleasure to deal with Jere anytime I had. Great man! He will be missed. Lie in peace sir!

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    Prayers for all of his many family and friends, especially our brother-in-law Fred, who loved him and will sadly miss him.

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    Jere is and will always be my Everything. The many years I have spent with family and friends will always stay with me wherever I go. His last great statement was " I Love my Family"! And that is what he lived for. Family has always been his Greatest Achievement. He taught me what it is like to love and to be loved, unconditionally. And for that I am eternally grateful. My heart aches for his girls, Kathy, Chris,Carrie, and Chelsie. Also his Grandchildren to whom he adored and Loved , watching them grow up and enjoy life as much as he did. May God Bless you All with wonderful memories and know that Bubba is Running like The Wind in Heaven.🌹❤️

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    To Jere's Family - I was very sorry to hear about Jere's passing. He was a very good man and great asset to Chittenango. I have memories as a very little kid riding on the back of Jere's snowmobile up in Old Forge - fun times to grow up. All the best to the family.

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    My deepest condolences goes out to you all in this time of separation and grief. May you all find the strength and love that was evident by the way he lived his life, despite the circumstances he was dealt. I had no idea of his passing. Hopefully, it was not one of severe discomfort.. He will be missed by many... Sleep in Peace Jere Crouse your time here was impactful and I'm sure, though not in all, in many ways was pleasing to your creator above.

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