Retired 1st Sgt. Timothy John Crouse, 50, a combat veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars and a retired mechanic for the Montgomery County government, died Dec. 10 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center after a heart attack. He lived in Rockville.

A native of Tazewell, Va., whose Army career spanned more than 20 years, Sgt. Crouse saw duty in occupied Germany after World War II. He served in Korea from 1950 to 1952 and was assigned to Vietnam during the war there. His other assignments included tours at the Pentagon and as a White House chauffeur. He was assigned to the school brigade at the Aberdeen (Md.) Proving ground when he retired from active duty in 1969.

Sgt. Crouse then worked as a mechanic for Montgomery County for several years before retiring a second time earlier this year.

Survivors include his wife, Vera, whom he married in 1955, and a daughter, Delores Barnett, both of Rockville; a son, Army Sgt. John Richard Crouse, who is stationed at Aberdeen; five sisters, Mary Butt of Bluefield, W. Va., Vivian Riley, Frances Thompson and Lois Young, all of Bandy, Va., and Juanita White of Kensington; a brother, Harold Crouse, and a half-brother, Herbert Crouse, both of North Tazewell, Va.