Mr. Crutcher had lived in Essex most his life and had lived in Dexter the past several years. He had served two terms on the Essex City Council and was instrumental in getting the City Water Works started. He served three terms as Mayor of Essex at which time the city sewers were installed. He had served as tax collector for four terms. He had bought , remodeled and sold real estate over a period of years, doing his last one at age 89. He had served as a guide at Rockwood Point on Wappappello Lake for five years and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also farmed, did plumbing work and trucking. He was of the Methodist faith. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and had served in the European Theater in France on D-Day, Guam, Tienan and Saipan campaigns.
On Dec. 24, 1937, he was married to Ruby Cates in Dexter. She preceded him in death on Nov. 19, 1995.
Surviving is one son, Wilson Crutcher of Dexter. He was preceded in death by five sisters and one brother.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, from 5-8 p.m. at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, at 10 a.m. in the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with the Rev. Josh Carpenter of Dexter officiating.
Interment will be in the Dexter Cemetery in Dexter with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.