Walter Crockrel, Jr., 68, of Sylvania died Tuesday, October 29, 2012, in Regency Hospital. He was born on August 3, 1944, in Hattisburg, Mississippi to Bernice Cook and Walter Crockrel, Sr. After he graduated from Eastern High School, Detroit, MI, Walt moved to Chicago where he attended Malcolm X Junior College from which he received an associate's degree. He also completed a Sears Management training program.
He was very active in the community serving on numerous boards including the Better Business Bureau, 2012-13, chair; United Way, Rotary Clubs of Michigan and Ohio founding member of 50 Men and Women, serving as treasurer and scholarship chair and the Toledo African American Chamber of Commerce, VP. He also served in the National Guard.
Walter worked for Sears in upper management for 37 years in Chicago, Toledo and Detroit. Upon his retirement, he founded InkJet Express 1 Hour Refill on Monroe Street. Walter was an avid fisherman and golfer.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Phyllis Ann Crockrel; sons, Walter III, Kevan of Chicago, IL; grandson, Devin Crockrel; granddaughter, Taylor Crockrel; sisters, Myrtis Hawthorne and Jacquelyn Reddick.
Visitation will be Sunday 3 - 6 p.m. Dale-Riggs Funeral Home Chapel, family hour Monday 10 a.m. followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. Third Baptist Church, Pastor Kevin J. Bedford Sr. officiant, interment Toledo Memorial Park Cemetery.
Published in Toledo Blade on Nov. 3, 2012