Michael “Mike” T. Crouch

June 13, 1951 ‒ October 19, 2017

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Michael T. “Mike” Crouch, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away Thursday, October 19, 2017, at the Ohio State University Hospitals, surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 13, 1951, in Mount Vernon, Ohio, the eldest son of Harold and Jackie (Speaks) Crouch. Mike co-operated the family business, Hiawatha & Running Water Golf Course in Mount Vernon.

An accomplished golfer, Mike won many tournaments throughout the state of Ohio. He also served as an officer and director of the Ohio Public Golfers Association (OPGA). Mike was inducted into the OPGA Hall of Fame in 2003, and was the OPGA Senior Honoree for 2006.

Mike was a loving and devoted husband, an adoring father and grandfather, and a great friend to many. He greeted everyone with a smile, a funny story or a joke, and he left all who knew and loved him with enough laughter to last a lifetime. Mike loved his family and friends, golf, good food and the Cleveland Indians; he hated flying, funerals and Ohio winters. An eternal optimist, Mike was also a lifelong Cleveland sports fan, who never gave up hope that he would see his beloved Tribe win the World Series. (He did, however, give up on the Browns some years ago.)

Mike is survived by his loving wife, Ellen (LeFevre) Crouch of Mount Vernon, whom he married September 2, 1972; his daughter, Rachael, of Athens, Ohio; sons David, of Conway, South Carolina, and Brad, of Howard, Ohio; two grandchildren, Julia and Donovan; his mother, Jackie; a brother, Tim (Cindy) of Mount Vernon; and two sisters, Angie Crouch and Nancy Marsell, both of Mount Vernon.

Mike was preceded in death by his father, Harold.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Charity of one’s Choice or the The Mike Crouch Memorial Golf Tournament Trust Fund through First Knox National Bank (1 South Main St., Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050).  The Trust Fund will award an annual scholarship to a deserving Mount Vernon High School student athlete.

A memorial tribute to Mike will be held after the golf tournament concludes, at approximately 5:00 PM on Saturday, June 16, at Hiawatha Golf Course (901 Beech St., Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050).  All guests are invited to share in food and fellowship.

To share a memory or leave a condolence for Mike’s family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

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  • Crouch families, so sorry for your loss. The Hiawatha Golf Course family holds a special place in the hearts of the Snyder family. Mike was always a positive role model for Wes and all the young men that learned golf and life lessons there at Hiawatha. As that twig was bent so the tree grew. Many thanks and my prayers are with you!

  • Dearest Ellen and family, my heart is heavy as I think back to all the wonderful memories when we all ran around together. Golf was naturally a given, dinners, parties at each other’s homes, our Florida trip in the camper, trips to Myrtle Beach with the rest of our gang and many many more fun times. Mike was one of a kind and I’m sure he and Joe will have a reunion beyond our imagination.
    Deepest sympathy for your loss and I love you all.

  • Mike will be deeply missed by so many friends. My sincerest condolences to the Crouch families. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Ellen I am so sorry for your loss. Mike was a very kind man. He always had a smile on his face. He will be missed . Judy Diehl

  • Ellen and family:
    Bob and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy on the loss of Mike. I remember fondly the dinner you had for us when we first moved to Mount Vernon in 1985.
    God Bless all of you.
    Mary Jo and Bob Behrensmeyer

  • So sorry to hear of your loss. We are your neighbors across from the Golf Course. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Judy & Tony DeIuliis

  • We were so sorry to hear the news of Mike’s passing! Our sincere condolences to the Crouch family.
    Sue & Terry Steinmetz

  • Oh Ellen! So sorry to hear of your loss! We loved all our trip to Myrtle Beach and all the fun we had! Bet Mike is on the golf course already!
    Love and hugs!

  • Ellen and family we are so sorry for your loss . Mike will be greatly missed . Our prayers are with you and your family

  • So very sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. We offer our deepest sympathies during this difficult time. We will keep all of you in our prayers. Ray and Sharon House

  • Dear Ellen,

    I will never understand why I chose to go onto the Mount Vernon News site today…I simply do not do that.
    I am so very, very sorry to learn that you have lost Mike.
    You have my prayers.
    Kay Dauphin Falkenhan
    Venice, FL

  • Dear Ellen and family,
    Sue and I were sorry to hear of your loss. We will always remember how proud Mike was of his family, his good natured joking & his love of golf.
    He will be sorely missed.
    Sincerely, Dan & Sue Cochran

  • Ellen: So shocked to read in tonight’s paper that Mike had passed. We have many happy memories of Mike through the years from our time spent at the golf course. We want to express our deepest sympathies to you, and the whole Crouch family.

    David and Karen Butler

  • Mike made me feel welcome when I moved here 8 years ago. It won’t be the same at Hiawatha. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers for the whole Crouch family.

  • Angie & Mamason,

    Very sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He always treated as like family, when we stopped in at Hiawatha.
    Ellen, you were my 9th grade English teacher at Utica. The best of the best. Many hugs and prayers for your family .
    Much Love
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • To the Crouch Family,
    We were saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. Tim, my friend, I am sorry for the loss of your brother. May your hearts be strengthened by great memories and cherished friends.
    Dave and Lisa Seitz

  • Crouch family….I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Mike’s warm welcome to the course when I moved to Mount Vernon 16 years ago.

    Mike Murphy
    The Fairways

  • Ellen, prayers are with you and your family. Michael was a long time friend and a great person. God Bless!

  • Crouch Family – I am so very sorry to hear of Mike’s passing! I have fond childhood memories of the times we spent with the Crouch’s growing up. Mike always had a big smile and was such a nice person! I know he will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Dear Ellen and entire Crouch family, so very sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He was a great guy! My love and prayers are with you all. May he rest in peace… God bless .

  • Dear Ellen and family,
    We are so very sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He was such a great guy. May he rest in peace. Prayers for all of you…

  • This is such a loss, I thought the world of Mike and my thoughts and prayers go out to all of the Crouch family. Heaven gained a great angel.

  • Ellen, Jackie, Nancy, Tim, Angie and and the rest of the family—-So sorry to hear about Mike’s passing. Take comfort in knowing that he is at peace now —- was LOVED by many and will be missed by ALL. Mom, Viv Lahmon, sends heartfelt condolences from Texas.

    Patti (Lahmon) Edling and Gary Mills

  • Ellen, Jackie, Nancy, Tim, Angie and all of the rest of the family…..So sorry to hear about Mike’s passing. Take comfort in knowing how much he was LOVED and what a GREAT person he was. Blessings to all. Very heartfelt condolences from Viv Lahmon (in TX) too.

  • Ellen and family , We are so sorry for your loss. Mike was a great guy taken too soon . You have our deepest sympathy
    Dave and Beth Sheffer.

  • To the Crouch Family Wendy and I are so sorry for your loss,Mike was a great guy that is for sure! We will keep you in our prayers.

  • Don and I were sorry to hear of mike’s passing. We were talking about all the fun we had back in the day ! Nobody could tell a joke or story like Mikey! He will truly be missed!

  • Ellen,
    I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Ellen, Jackie, Tim, Nancy, Angie, and family,

    Mike always had a smile, always said hello, and loved his whole family. Mike lived his life his way. I know he had his struggles with his health, but he did his best. I count myself as one of many who is greatfull to have known him, enjoyed him, and is proud to call him a true friend. Sincerely,

    Joe Harmon
    Sun City West, Arizona

  • We are saddened to hear of the Crouch family’s loss of Mike.
    Our heartfeld prayers go out to Ellen, the Crouch family, and his many friends.
    May GOD be with you during this trying time.

    Tim and Pat Metcalfe

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Crouch family. Wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow, comfort in the midst of pain, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Mike will be deeply missed and remembered fondly by so many.

  • Ellen, Rachael, David,, Brad and family,
    I’m sending my deepest sympathy and love to you all. Mike was wonderful man with a generous and loving heart. He was friendly and funny and welcoming to all. It warms my heart to remember that he called me “Joycie” and that he would talk to anyone about their favorite subjects. He will be missed in our community, especially by the many friends that love him. It was an honor to know him and be his friend. I hope that you know how many share in your grief. May our love and support bring you strength and some comfort. He is always in our hearts, as are you.

    Love, peace and friendship ‘

  • Crouch Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Mikes passing, I still remember him cheering us on at countless softball games and tournaments. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time!!!

  • So sorry to hear of your loss. Mike had a wonderful personality and was fun to be around.

  • Dear Ellen and Family;

    It is a fortunate person who has had the privilege of knowing someone who ALWAYS spread happiness, whenever you were around them. I will forever be grateful for having had the privilege of knowing Mike and being able to call him my friend.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Brad Fearn and Family

  • Ellen and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss..we will miss seeing Mike leaving for work and coming home from work..he always had a smile on his face.
    Rest easy neighbor.
    Alfred, Linda and Harry Hitchison

  • Ellen,
    Our deepest sympathies and condolences for your loss. May the Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this difficult time.

    Lynn McCann
    George Hausser

  • Ellen & Family,
    May the love of family & friends comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead. Our thoughts, love and heartfelt sympathies are with you at this sad time.

    Greatly Missed,
    Joe & Jenifer Curran

  • So sorry for your loss, will be praying for the family. God Bless you all

    Steve & Linda Letostak

  • To Ellen and all the Crouch Family. Our condolences and prayers are are with you at this time. Mike will be missed. Take Care. Dave and Jeanette Carpenter.