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George Cropp 1922-2018

George Martin Cropp, age 95, of Shoals passed away at 1:35 p.m. on January 12, 2018 at Brookside Village in Jasper. He was born October 31, 1922 in Daviess County to Dr. George M. and Helen (Baker) Cropp. He married Barbara Ann Patterson on August 27, 1949 at St. John’s Rectory in Loogootee. He was predeceased by Barbara, his parents, a brother, Daily L. Cropp; and his cousin Robert Siefert.

George graduated from Indiana State Teachers College at Terre Haute and also obtained a Masters Degree. He taught at Washington High School, Montgomery High School and retired as Principal of Shoals High School.
George was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. George was stationed on the U.S.S. Indianapolis as that ship delivered the nuclear bomb to Hawaii prior to being dropped upon Japan in 1945.

George enjoyed golf, playing for 27 years in the Vegas Invitational Pro-Am golf tournament. He was an amateur radio operator for many years; a saxophone player; enjoyed dancing; and was a music lover, particularly enjoying Big Band music and jazz. George was a car collector, particularly enjoying his Porsche 911. George was recognized as having grown the largest potato in the State of Indiana during his tenure in 4-H.
George was a member of the Shoals United Methodist Church; White River Lodge No. 332, F&AM; Scottish Rite; Hadi Shrine; Ironwood Country Club in Palm Desert California; and Las Vegas Country Club in Las Vegas Nevada.
Survivors include his brother in law, Donald Patterson and his beloved caregiver for many years, Kayla Hembree of Shoals. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara, his parents, a brother, Daily L. Cropp and his cousin, Robert Siefert.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, January 18. The funeral will be at 1 p.m., Friday, January 19 at the Shoals United Methodist Church. Interment will be at Goodwill Cemetery, Loogootee.
From the 1970 & 1971 WHS Yearbooks: George Cropp; Reading Specialist.
Indiana State University B.S. & M.S.