Oliver Allen Crook, Jr.

April 11, 1946 ‒ November 06, 2019

Fredericktown, Ohio

FREDERICKTOWN: Allen Crook was a southern gentleman in its truest form.  He not only treated his wife Glenda with the utmost respect and patience, Allen also instilled in his children, a strong foundation in treating others with integrity, compassion, and kindness.  He left a legacy of strong family values, focusing on respecting others.

An intellectual, family man, Oliver Allen Crook, Jr., 73, of Fredericktown passed away Wednesday, November 6, at home, following an extended illness, surrounded by the family that he loved so much.

Allen was born April 11, 1946 in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Oliver Allen Crook Sr. and Tommie (Blackmon) Crook.  Allen was a hard hitting linebacker and offensive lineman in high school, before moving to Lincoln Heath High School in England where he graduated.

Allen graduated from South West Theological Seminary before earning his bachelor’s degree from Dallas Baptist University in 1978.  He worked as a pastor, deputy sheriff, and car salesman.  For 15 years he worked in the IT department as an underwriter for Kemper Insurance.

On February 12, 1995 he married Glenda Flynn.

Allen and Glenda absolutely cherished their role as foster parents.  It kept Allen young at heart, while mentoring and building strong relationships with his children.

He was a huge Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Indians, Browns, and Dallas Cowboys fan. He also enjoyed golfing.

A man of high intellect, Allen always had a book in hand, and read the bible cover to cover numerous times. He could talk to anybody about anything, and was a wealth of knowledge.

An amazing cook, he made the best Cajun dishes, homemade chili and Ollie Omlets.

Allen will be remembered for his strength, wisdom, and intellect.  Most importantly, Allen’s life was focused on his family.  He and Glenda were inseparable, and together they instilled the following principle: RESPECT OTHERS.

He is survived by his loving wife Glenda (Flynn) Crook of Fredericktown; children Tammy (Mitch) Gray, Michael Allen Crook, Johnathon Allen Crook, and Brandon Allen Crook all of Frerdericktown; grandchildren Tyler Allen Ohl, Nolan Avari Crook and Belyse Aurora Crook; siblings Ron (Annette) Crook, Don (Janet) Crook, Ernie (Carol) Crook, and Mark (Karen) Crook all of Louisiana; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and his favorite K-9 companion-Maggie.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his granddaughter Ava Marie Crook.

Allen’s family will receive friends, Saturday November 9, 2019 from 11am-1pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will begin at 1 pm.  His brother, Pastor Mark Crook will officiate and burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital may be made through the funeral home.

Online condolences to the family may be made by visiting: SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Glenda and family,
    I’m sincerely sorry to hear of Allen’s passing! You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Becky Gleason Marth

  • I am so very sorry to hear this. May God comfort the family and may his treasured memories carry you through this difficult time.

  • One could not have had a better brother in law. Allen had tremendous trust in me. He treated me with respect and always showed me kindness. I will never forget how compared me to the Kellogg’s chicken and always rolled his eyes when we spoke on the phone. I didn’t have to see it, I heard my sister laugh so hard every time he did it. It was also funny when he did it to her. It will be a long time for us to get over not seeing him anymore but, Allen’s memory will live on in all of us who was honored to know him…REST IN PEACE ALLEN and know I will always be there for Glenda…Will miss you greatly, Judd!

  • Glenda, the short time that I was around Allen I knew instantly what I good person he was. You can’t fake that!! You were meant to be together, so sorry.

  • Glenda I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Please accept my deepest condolences to you and your family sweet friend. Just know there is a better place with no pain.love to all. Charlene.

  • I am so sorry for your loss…l never met this great man, my heart goes out to you and your family. Missy Armstrong

  • Glenda, Tammy, Tyler and all of Allen’s beloved family – my thoughts and prayers are with you. Find comfort in knowing how much Allen knew that you loved him.

  • My heart is with you Glenda and all your family. I can not be with you during this time but know my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • I am saddened to learn of Allen (Moose) Crooks passing. He was a great person to have as a friend. He loved talking about God and loved the Bible. I remember Him growing up though he was much older than I was. I remember going to the Crooks house and loved talking to him and watching him tease his mom. I loved to hear him preach. He was like the older brother one wished he could have had. Rest in peace in the loving arms of God.

  • Our sincere sympathy for your family!! We’ve never had the opportunity to meet Allen, for that I’m sorry as I’m sure we missed out on a true Blessing…. praying God watches over you all and gives you strength during this time 🙏 Love You

  • Pastor Allen had a pastor’s heart and was a friend to all. He championed family and faith. I was honored to pray with him for his family and give care to a need. He was kind, respectful, polite, and caring. His faith was solid even in difficult times. He had an inviting and warm personality.