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Harold "Fuzz" Wright
Harold "Fuzz" Wright Crouse was born April 2, 1924, in North Baltimore to Leo (Edna) Crouse and Orpha (Wade) Bechtel, who both preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death were four brothers, Clair, Kelly, John and Ray Crouse; three stepsisters, Caroline Felkner, Lorelia "Shorty" Crouse and Billie Griffith. Surviving is a sister, Darlene Hey of Bluffton. He married June I. Smith, June 14, 1947, in Bluffton; she preceded him in death March 27, 2012, just shy of their 65th Wedding Anniversary.
Together they had four children, Linda (Kevin) Welch of North Baltimore, Steven (Deb) Crouse of Toledo, Susan Crouse of North Baltimore and David Crouse of Cincinnati. There are six grandchildren, Cathy (Chris) Raymo, Tara (Greg Tinkler) Smith, Jennifer (Brian) Vanlerberg, Matthew Crouse, Shawn (Sarah) Welch and Daniel (Brianne) Crouse. There are also 10 great-grandchildren, Joseph, Christopher, Alexis, Aurora, Zavier, Jesse, Noah, Levi, Maddox and William.
Harold graduated Bluffton High School in 1942 and joined the U.S. Coast Guard that November, serving throughout WWII earning an honorable discharge April of 1946. He and his daughter, Susan, recently visited Washington D.C. via Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio. He was very proud of that trip, prompting many stories of the war.
After marrying June, Harold worked at the DS Brown Co. and was a carpenter for Norris Jones both in North Baltimore. In November 1948, he started with the USPS and was the City Carrier around 11 years and drove the Rural Route 28 years for North Baltimore, retiring from there January 3, 1986.
Woodworking, photography and camping were among Harold's many interests which had also included coaching little league. He served on the NB School Board from 1968-1983, many years as the President. He and June had the fortune to travel to all 50 U.S. States as well as a tour of Europe. Harold was a long-time member of St. James United Methodist Church, where he also taught Sunday School and worked as the custodian. He was also an avid OSU fan and received many compliments on his OSU cane.
Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 13, 2014, at Smith-Crates Funeral Home, North Baltimore. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 14, 2014, at Smith-Crates Funeral Home, with Reverend Rick Adams officiating. Burial will be in New Maplewood Cemetery, North Baltimore, where full military rites will be conducted by the North Baltimore American Legion Post 539.
Memorials may be made to the St. James United Methodist Church, North Baltimore and/or the charity of ones choice. Online condolences may be made at
Smith-Crates Funeral Home
515 N Main St
North Baltimore, OH 45872
Published in Toledo Blade on Feb. 12, 2014