Elmer Floyd “Crockett” Middleton

April 03, 1932 ‒ August 04, 2019

Marion, Ohio

Elmer Floyd “Crockett” Middleton, 87, died peacefully in his home Sunday August 4, 2019.  He had persevered through many ailments over the years, and a recent battle with cancer was too much for his body to handle.

On April 3, 1932, Crock was born in Smith, KY, the second of seven children of the late Clarence and Mae (Smith) Middleton.  As a family, they moved to Broadway, Ohio, where he graduated from Broadway High School in the class of 1950.

Shortly after graduation, Crock moved to Marion, Ohio, where he found himself smitten with one of his neighbors, Sharon Newlove.  After a two year courtship they were married on April 24, 1953.  Together they shared 66 loving years of marriage and lovingly raised two children: Julie and Jeff.

In 1951, Crock joined the Air National Guard, with whom he served for two years until 1953.  Then, in 1953, he was drafted to serve in the US Army, during the Korean War.  He served as a Sergeant from 1953-1955, and his service included a deployment to Japan and two honors: The National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

Upon his honorable discharge, Crock returned home to Marion, where he worked at the Marion Power Shovel for several years.  Then, in 1961, he became a Patrolman for the Marion Police Department, serving valiantly for 25 years.  In 1983, he was honored to be selected as Officer of the Year.  His time on the Marion Police Department was one of his proudest achievements, and he created many lifelong bonds that he cherished the rest of his life.  He was a member of the Steve Young Memorial Lodge #24 Fraternal Order of Police, and was a 50 plus year member of the Marion Masonic Grand Lodge.

His grandchildren and great grandchildren were the light of his life and he looked forward to entertaining them every visit. He would take them to throw rocks in the creek, pick fresh fruit and vegetables, and read to them on his lap. His grandchildren and great grandchildren are left with fond memories of their loving Grandpa.

Crock enjoyed his mornings talking with his friends over cups of coffee, and adding to his hat collection.  With a love for the outdoors, he spent most of his days outside caring for his plants and his yard. Over the course of his life, he accrued a wealth of knowledge over a number of topics that he was happy to share with everyone.

His fierce loyalty, unceasing care and boundless generosity will be greatly missed by everyone.

Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Sharon R. (Newlove) Middleton; two children: Julie (Jay) White of Marion and Jeffrey (Amy) Middleton of Canton, Michigan; six grandchildren: Matthew (Tracy) White of Powell, Gregory White of Waldo, Adam (Keona) White of Sunbury, David (Abbey) White of Marion, Rebecca Middleton of Canton, MI, and Alec Middleton of Canton, MI; five great grandchildren: Nora, Greta, Miles, Henry and Sawyer; three sisters: Daisy Rohland of Pittsburgh, CA, Jane Livesay of Tipton, IN and Shirley Williams of Kingsport, TN; two sisters-in-law: Lena Gibson of Weber City, VA and Kay McCoy of Marion; one brother-in-law, Nick Newlove of Ft. Myers, FL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including his parents, Crock was preceded in death by two brothers: Dan Gibson and Ed Middleton; and an infant brother.

His family will greet friends from 4 – 7 pm on Thursday, August 8, 2019, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, GUNDER/HALL Chapel, 347 W. Center St., Marion.  Services honoring his life and dedicated service will also be held there at 11 am on Friday.  Burial with military honors provided by the Marion County United Veterans Council will follow in Marion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to either American Heart Association or American Cancer Society and they may be sent to the care of the funeral home.

On behalf of his family, they would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to the Marion First Church of the Nazarene for wrapping their arms around their family during this time.  Also thank you to the many doctors, nurses, etc. for their care of Crock, gifting his family with more time together, and to his dear friends for always checking in on him.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Crock’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. His sister, Jane Livesay, goes to our church. We will be keeping your family in our prayers.

    • Thank You Cindy! We were so glad that Aunt Jane and Jamie were able to join us for the funeral. We greatly appreciate your thoughts and prayers!

  • Jeff & Family –
    From your musical family – the Downriver Community Band – we send our heartfelt hugs, thoughts and prayers during this time. May you find comfort in the arms of God and know that we are all with you in spirit. Love lives on in the memories…

    • Denise and Downriver Community Band Members – My family and I greatly appreciate your thoughts and prayers as we walk through this portion of our journey. I also appreciate the relationships I have built with DCB members over the past 24 years. Making music together is cool and being friends is even better! Thanks Again!!! Jeff Middleton & Family

  • Your family is in our prayers. Rest in peace Brother. Thank you for your service to the Marion community.

    • James – Thank you for your kind words. Our family greatly appreciates all of the support we received from FOP members. It was great hearing stories about our Dad. You all took/take your jobs seriously and still had fun in the process. We also appreciate your service to our community. Thanks Again! Jeff Middleton & Family

  • My thoughts and prayers are with your family (I know what it is like to lose someone you love).

    • Cathie – Your thoughts and prayers were definitely appreciated and we are lifting you up in prayer for the loved one that you have lost. This is a difficult time, but we will walk through this journey one day at a time. Thank You Again and may God bless and comfort you! Jeff & Family

  • Jeff,
    Very sorry to learn of your Father’s passing. No wonder you are such a good person! Your Dad sounded like a gem!

    • Kim – Our Dad taught us a lot and molded us into the people we are today!
      Thank You for your thoughts and kind words!!! Jeff & Family

  • Dear Uncle Crockett, although distance kept us apart, I treasure the memories of our visits. We have eternity to make up for lost time while in earth. I look forward to reminiscing about days gone by.
    I’ll be seeing you…
    Your Niece,
    Dorothy Ann Krentz

    • Thank you so much, Dorothy. Dad always thought a lot of you and your family! Certainly wish we weren’t so many states away!

    • Thank You Cousin Dorothy – One day, we will be dancing together on “Streets Made of Gold”. Thank your for your thoughts and prayers! Jeff

  • Sharon, Julie and Jeff, I’m very sorry for your loss. I have good memories of Crocky from my childhood days in the neighborhood. I respected him as most of the kids did because he was a policeman but it went deeper than that. The kids all knew that he cared about them and cared about what went on in the neighborhood. We knew he was a nice man and someone you could talk to if you had a problem. He always treated me well. From time to time I have run into him at McDonalds and he always had some memory to share. He also shared his pride for his family. He was a good man and will be missed. My prayers are with you.

    • Thank you so much, Scott. Dad loved his neighborhood and all the kids and families in it. We certainly appreciate your thoughts and kind words.
      -Julie

    • Scott – It is so nice to hear from you!!! Your kind words are appreciated. It was great growing up in the neighborhood. We hope all is well with your family!!!

    • Colleen – On behalf of our family, Thank You for thinking of us! Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated and definitely helped get us through the past several days! Thanks Again – Sharon, Julie and Jeff

    • Paul ~ It is great to hear from you and we appreciate your condolences. Ruth and I briefly reminisced about our college days. I’m glad we were all good kids! Hope to see you soon!!! Jeff

    • Thank You Mary! We appreciate your kind words. More than that, I appreciate your friendship over the past 24 years. Making music together has been fun. Building friendships / relationships has been even better!!! Thanks again and see you soon!!!

      Jeff

  • Your father sounds like a great man. I’m sure you’re proud to be his son. Jeff, so sorry for your loss.

    • Michele – Our Dad had an outstanding work ethic and pushed us to do high quality work. This definitely helped me in my professional and personal life. Thank you for your kind words and I hope to see you soon! Jeff & Family

  • Sharon and Family,
    In this time of deep and personal sadness, remember the special moments you shared with your husband for they are precious. They are a part of your history together and will remain with you forever. In the book of Matthew chapter five and verse four it says “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With deepest sympathy, Janet Roush (Penneys)

    • Janet – Thank you so much for this message. We greatly appreciate your comforting words and scripture reference. When I was growing up, JC Penney was the place my Mom worked and the place where my clothes came from. As an adult looking back, JC Penney was more than just the place that helped sustain our family, it was the place where many high-quality workers became life-long friends. Thank you for your friendship with Sharon (our Mom). Julie & Jeff