Dr. Harold (Hal) Crocker

August 20, 1937 ‒ April 14, 2021

Galena, Ohio

Dr. Harold (Hal) Crocker, 83, of Galena, passed away on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at his residence with his loving family by his side.
He was born on August 20, 1937 in Elyria, Ohio to the late Orra R. and Lorena (Zacharias) Crocker. He was a 1961 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and following his graduation, he taught and participated in heart research at the University and went on to form the Consolidated Biomedical Laboratory, now known as Lab Corp. He then opened a small animal practice (Northland Veterinary Clinic) in Columbus, which he continued until retirement. Hal was an avid fisherman, and enjoyed hunting and boating with his children and grandchildren. Hal loved sharing the outdoors time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Surviving is his wife, Joyce Crocker, whom he married on August 17, 1957; daughter, Kimberly (Daniel) Bradford of Sunbury; five grandchildren, Heather (Matt) Ross, Brian (Jodi) Bradford, Curt (Vanessa) Bradford, Rachel (Jared) Jacobus and Hannah Drumm; and seventeen great grandchildren.
In addition to his parents that had preceded him in death was his son, Jeff D. Crocker and five brothers, Art, Don, Ken, Nelson and Glenn.
A celebration of life is in the planning at a later date.
The family would like to thank Geneva Fleming and Capital City Hospice for the special care given to Dr. Hal Crocker during this difficult time.
Memorial contributions may be given to the National Parkinson Foundation Ohio, 2800 Corporate Exchange Drive, #360, Columbus, Ohio 43231.
The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury, is honored to serve the family of Dr. Hal Crocker.
To share a memory or to leave a condolence for the family, please visit: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • Joyce and family, we are thinking of all of you at this time of loss of a great man. Dave, Rich and Debbie have a lot of fun memories of Doc. Dave and Rich have many funny stories about the trips out west and the great snowmobiling adventures. He was a character and could always make you laugh. Memories will stay forever in your hearts.

  • Dear family,
    I didn’t know Hal well, but I do know him and and you, Joyce, through your children. I was privileged to have worked with them at Big Walnut and blessed by their positive contributions. My condolences to you all and may God bless you.

  • Joyce Kim and Dan
    You are in our thoughts and prayers
    Joyce you are one special lady and I hope to see you again at gvc
    Much love and hugs
    Jerry and Donna

  • Dear Joyce & Family,

    My sincere condolences to you and yours in this time of sorrow. Doc “Sawbones” was one of a kind… one of the onerous guys I ever met. But underneath that facade, he had a heart of gold.

    He will be missed by all, that had the privilege of knowing him.

  • Geneva Fleming was a great time working for the Crocker s HAL had a few rough years but all his time he always had something funny to say great man very smart and wise did a lot of great things will be missed

  • was a great time working for the Crocker s HAL had a few rough years but all his time he always had something funny to say great man very smart and wise did a lot of great things will be missed

  • Gail and I will forever treasure the times we sat with Hal and talked politics. Hal was always “open-minded” and pushing “liberal” causes. If it wasn’t politics it was Hal’s love of food. Maria’s will now be able to turn a profit. Hal, you will be missed, Rest In Peace. Condolences to you, Joyce, Kim and the rest of the family.

  • Joyce. Our prayers go out to you and your family. Our memories of Hal bring back laughter shared. God bless.

  • To the family of “ Doc” Crocker,

    I did not get the pleasure of meeting Hal or Doc as we knew him, but my husband did and always spoke so highly of him. I did have the pleasure of making a batch of margaritas for Doc and Joyce and will be sure to lift a toast in his honor.

    Our thoughts and prayers to Joyce and the family.

    Richard and Debbie Pizzurro

  • Sorry to here of Hal’s passing I remember the weekend s I hung out there an the conversation I had with Hal I honored his friendship thoughts an prayers to Joyce an Kim an the family RIP

  • Dear Joyce and family,

    We certainly had some great family reunions over the years and Hal was always the life of the party. I enjoyed his wit and humor. He will be missed but certainly not forgotten. He will always be one of my favorite Uncles.

  • Joyce, Kim, and family,
    Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of Butch. I remember he took such good care of our dog Carl.

  • I will always remember my uncle Butch. We did not get to visit often, and mostly at Crocker family reunions. If you ever thought family reunions were bland and boring you never attended one with Butch! He had a knack for bringing our discussion, with his combination of philosophy and tall tales, and sometimes you couldn’t tell one from the other. He would take whatever position nobody else supported just to keep things interesting, and spun yarns that may have been true, exaggerations or just complete fiction. Butch made you think! He was the devil’s advocate, but had an angel of a wife. We wish Joyce, Kim and the rest of his family peace and condolences.

  • Aunt Joyce, Kim and the rest of the family – I’m so sorry for your loss and have been and will continue thinking about you all throughout this period of transition. Uncle Butch, though a bit unique, was always one of my favorites. I remember my excitement to see Uncle Butch during our many, many Crocker family reunions. For me, he was always the center of attention. He was my funny and successful Uncle that seemed different from his Brothers – a real character. Always with a warm smile and greeting usually followed by a compliment about how I was really growing up and turning into a “good-looking kid”. I guess I should have know to question his judgement at that point. His legendary sense of humor was life changing for me and I worked hard to follow in his footsteps by telling jokes and funny stories. We would often gather, with a large ever-changing group of family members, telling jokes and swapping anecdotes – sometimes clean, but mostly not – interacting and entertaining into the wee hours of the morning. He was always the last Uncle to turn-in for the evening, but never the first to get up. He exuded confidence and charm and seemed all knowledgeable about most things in life – whether religion, science, politics, or just general knowledge, he had a way of saying something that was both interesting and credible. No one played the Devil’s advocate as well as Uncle Butch. It didn’t matter to him which side he was taking, as long as he was arguing, provoking thought, and hopefully eliciting emotional responses. He seemed to thrive on controversy and relished being a bit of a rebel with his shared opinions. Uncle Butch was larger than life to me and really influenced how I developed and who I became in life despite our infrequent interactions. Despite the sad occasion, I can’t help but to smile as I write this, thinking about his laugh, his jokes, and his warm demeanor. He was a good man and great Uncle and I’ll miss him. God speed Uncle Butch!

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