Private Floyd B. Clouse
Pennsylvania State Police
Years of Service: 7 years 3 months
Cause of Death: Gunshot
Date of Incident:
November 2, 1953
Floyd B. Clouse was born December 20, 1923, at Everett, Bedford
He served with the United States Navy during World War II from May 8, 1943, to February
25, 1946. At 22, he enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police from Everett on August 1,
1946. He was assigned to Troop D-1, Butler. Private Clouse was 5'9" tall.
At 8:00 p.m., November 2, 1953, Private Clouse and Corporal Harold G. Rice were detailed
to serve a disorderly conduct warrant on Edwin C. Stanyard. Stanyard was a resident of
White Township, Beaver County. He had barricaded himself in an upstairs bedroom. When the
officers broke down the door, they faced Stanyard's gunfire. Private Clouse was killed by
a bullet to his head. Corporal Rice was shot in the mouth, but able to return fire. He
killed Stanyard with two shots to the head. Dr. H. E. Douds, of Beaver Falls, had
accompanied the Troopers to the Stanyard residence, but remained in the police car. His
medical aid saved Corporal Rice's life, preventing a triple slaying. Corporal Rice
underwent surgery for the removal of a bullet which had lodged in his neck below the
brain. Dr. Douds immediately started a trust fund for the Clouse family.
Private Clouse is buried in Alto Rest Cemetery in Altoona. He was survived by his wife,
Mrs. Camilla M. Clouse, of Altoona.
At 29, Clouse had completed seven years and three
months of Pennsylvania State Police service.