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Bill M. Fouts

Bill M. Fouts Bill M. Fouts

Bill M. Fouts, 97, Crandall, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, in the morning.

Born May 7, 1922, in Byrneville, he was the son of the Oba Dyer Fouts and Agnes Wiseman and stepson of John M. Wiseman.

He served in the Navy aboard the USS Ringness in the Pacific during World War II as a gunner’s mate and was involved in the at-sea rescue operation after the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. He told many stories about the Ringness’ passage through the Panama Canal, anchoring alongside the USS Constitution tall ship in Boston, Mass., during sea trials and life aboard the ship and was featured in a documentary and book about the USS Indianapolis disaster. He worked as a driver for Martin’s Hatchery for 20 years, was later a long-haul truck driver for Kentucky Transfer and Smith Transport and was a lifelong member of the New Albany Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Emma Jean Fouts; two sons, Leland Fouts and Larry Bill Fouts; three brothers, Herbert Franklin Fouts, Otis Randall Fouts and Corwin Everett Fouts; two sisters, Bonnie Jean Sturgeon and Helene Marie Byrne; three stepbrothers, Albert Lee Wiseman, Marion Lloyd Wiseman and John (Wilson) Wiseman; and four stepsisters, Blanche Koral Pinaire, Aida Elizabeth Raake, Odessa M. Utz and Naomi Ruth Mack.

Survivors include a daughter, Sherry Davis of Crandall; a son, Dallas Fouts of Milltown; six grandchildren, Aaron Fouts of Hayden, Idaho, Angeline Fouts Delgado (Ralph) of San Diego, Alicia Green (James) of Perris, Calif., Penny Padgett of Jeffersonville, Crista Davis of Crandall and Lacy Phillips (Joseph) of Jeffersonville; and nine great-grandchildren, Eliana Green, Prince Josiah Green, Noah Padgett, Alaina Padgett, Payton Delgado, Dagny Delgado, Dominic Delgado, Faylyn Minzenberger and Collin Phillips.

Visitation: Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 2 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 19, after 10 a.m. at Swarens Funeral Home in Ramsey.

Funeral: Thursday, Sept. 19, at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with burial in Bethlehem Cemetery.