Tom Craze

October 31, 1938 ‒ March 29, 2018

Fredericktown, Ohio

Tom Craze, 79, passed away Thursday afternoon, March 29, 2018. Carl Thomas (Tom) was born October 31, 1938 in Hugheston, West Virginia, the son of Thomas D. Craze and Francis (Tucker) Craze.
Tom leaves behind a legacy of faith, love and strength.

Tom was very active at the First Baptist Church of Fredericktown, serving as a Deacon and Trustee. He was a 32nd degree Mason of Thrall Lodge AM #170 F.&A.M., the Aladdin Shrine in Columbus, the Fredericktown Athletic Boosters and the Fredericktown Senior Citizens.

Tom loved coaching, playing and watching sports, especially the Ohio State Buckeyes.

In 1983, he retired after 19 years of coaching Little League young area athletes. He was also an ASA umpire for over 15 years. He enjoyed golf and playing softball with the 60 and over Old Timers softball league of Mount Vernon.

Tom was a US Army veteran who honorably served his country from 1961-1963.

Tom retired from General Motors where he worked for 34 years. Upon retiring he drove school bus (sub) for Mt Vernon and Fredericktown Schools.

Tom touched a lot of lives. He will be remembered as being a true gentleman, anytime you would see him, he would always greet you with a smile and a handshake. but most of all, Tom was devoted and loved spending time with his family.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Carolyn (Yoakam) Craze whom he married June 11, 1961; his three sons, Timothy Craze of Katy, Texas, Troy Craze of Columbus, Ohio, Tommy (Mandy) Craze of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, grandson, Travis Craze of Southington, Connecticut; brother-in-law, Bill Yoakam of Springboro, Ohio; special ones, Shaun Patterson, Shannon Burns and Trish Craze; several nieces, nephews, cousins, special aunt, special friends; all of whom he loved.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved brother Ernie Craze.

The family will receive friends from 3-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at the First Baptist Church, 22 East Sandusky St, Fredericktown and a memorial service to celebrate the life of Tom will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 6, 2018, with Pastor Tim Mohon officiating. Military Honors will be observed following the memorial service at the church and will be provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council. A Masonic service will be held following the visitation on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Tom’s memory to the First Baptist Church, 22 East Sandusky St., Fredericktown, OH 43019,James Cancer Hospital, 460 West 10th Ave., Columbus, OH 43210 or Knox County Foundation Hospice Fund, P.O. Box 309, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

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  • Carolyn
    I was greatly sadden to hear of Tom’s passing. He was truly a special person and a wonderful personal friend of mine. My late wife Pat and I have many fond memories of times spent with Tom and Carolyn.
    Carolyn, Love and prayers are going out for You and all of Your family.

  • Carolyn, Tim, Troy, Tommy, and families: I can remember so many wonderful times with your Mom and Dad there on Woodview Lane. Your parents were such a team . . always working together in everything. As you know, there was never a finer gentleman than your Dad . . .always a smile, a handshake or hug, and he always spoke loving and supporting words. He was never defined by his battles and illnesses; instead, he was defined by the honorable way he lived. He is one man we will never, ever forget. Our sincere and loving thoughts and prayers are with all of you . . . and, especially Carolyn.

  • Dear Carolyn
    My memories of you and Tom go back to General Industries in Bellville. I think that was where you met but could be wrong. Tom always had a smile for everyone he met. My condolences to you and your family. Earnie Frazier

  • Carolyn and family.i am so very sorry to hear of toms passing.he fought the good fight and he will be missed by many.praying for you all to have strength at this very sad time.much love

  • Carolyn we were so very saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. May the Lord comfort you and give you peace in this time of Sorrow.

    Terry and Pam Hissong

  • So sorry to hear this. Tom was such a great guy. He sure as tough through all his treatments. Sure will be missed always saw him around. Carolyn if you need anything let holly or me know. Feel bad we will miss calling hours we will be out of town but you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • So so sorry! Tom will be missed by many. Carolyn you and your Family have our Deepest Sympathy
    Thoughts and prayers for you!

  • Carolyn and families, so sorry of the passing of your loved one, many blessings and prayers at this time of sorrow.

  • Carolyn and family – we are so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He was such a nice man. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Carolyn, I just found out today about Tom. My prayers and love are sent to you and your family. God bless you From your cousin Shirley

  • Our condolences to the whole Craze family. We met Tom at many baseball games and he was instantly a warm and friendly man. He will be missed!

  • The Craze Family,
    We are deeply sorry for the loss of your husband, father & grandfather. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Praying that God will grant you peace at this time and the days to follow.

    Tony & Judy DeIuliis
    Mt. Vernon

  • Dear Carolyn and family, we are so sad about losing Tom. He was a truly wonderful person that we both admired. He gave the cancer a good fight. Throughout the treatments, his positive attitude never wavered. We will miss hearing his always cheerful voice. You have our deepest sympathy. Cousins Tom and Janice and Aunt Dortha

  • Carolyn and family,

    So sorry to hear about Tom. He fought the good fight and had such a positive attitude.
    We will miss his smile and hugs. Prayers for all of you.
    Dan & Janet Burden

  • Carolyn, thinkng of you and your family. Many memories of Baptist gatherings and the fellowship time we shard as family. I pray you can rejoice in Tom’s meeting our Lord and draw strength from the knowledge you will meet again.

    Cheryl Letts Harmer

  • Carolyn you are such a special family member and friend. A lot of people probably didn’t realize that you and Dean are first cousins. It is always so hard to lose our loved ones, but what a glorious time to be with our Lord at Easter. We are so fortunate to know that we will see our loved one again. We will never forget Tom’s big smile. May God wrap his love around you and your precious boys at this time.
    Love …Linda and Dean

    • Carolyn – thinking of you and all the family during this difficult time. Praying you can find comfort in the sweet memories and knowing Tom is in Heaven!
      Tom & Staci Matthews

  • Our sincere condolences, prayers and thoughts are with you and the family. His uncle Lec and cousin Mike

  • Tom and Family,

    Sorry for your loss. May your father be at peace now.

    Thoughts and Prayers.

    Kevin Jarrett and the
    Granville Athletic Department.

  • Hugs and hugs, I just heard of your sad news and my Caring Thoughts and Prayers are with you Dear Carolyn and your Special family. Tom I will always remember as a really SPECIAL person and Friend to me and many others. Wish I could be there for you. Tom was a real inspiration. I am so sorry he had to experience the fight of cancer. He will be missed, I am blessed to have known him. Life’s Not Fair but God is Good. May you be touch by healing power of prayers and feel Comfort of those who Love you to bring you Peace.🙌 Deepest Sympathy, Love you, Connie Lee

  • Carolyn, were so sorry to hear about Tommy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Carolyn, Tim, Troy, and Tommy:
    Our hearts are heavy and our eyes full of tears upon hearing about Big Tom as we knew him. Our memories of times together either at church, playing ball, watching the boys grow up, and spending special events together.
    We are rejoicing with the angels as they welcomed Tom into Heaven and know that he walks the golden streets seeking all the family and friends that have gone before him and will be waiting to welcome those yet to come. He will be passing out Hugs, handshakes and looking for a ball game or golf partner to spend his time there. May the Lord send his comfort to each of you at this time and the memories you have in your hearts give you peace and love.
    Hugs and much Love
    Rich and Janet Hiles

  • Dear Family,. Just read about Tom and was shocked! Paul and Tom go way back to being friends at GM and our boys baseball. He was truly a friend to many and a Christian caring man! Praying for each of you.

  • Carolyn and Family, Our sympathy goes out to you. We have many fond memories of your family and Tom. The many softball tournaments and the Little league tournaments, the e letter from Mt. Gilead’s Mayor to Mayor Blackburn, Tom kicking dirt with his shoe while coaching third base, the shocking news of about brother Ernie over a 4th of July week-end… We could go on and on. We’ll all miss him.

  • Tom, I hope you and dad are up there playing ball with the rest of the Coldwell Banker team. Kev loved throwing you guys ball for practice. You were a gem.

  • Tom was a great friend and brother through Thrall Lodge. There was never a time that he was without his beaming smile. Tom will be truly missed. God be with his family and loved ones.

  • So sorry to hear this, I always remember a smile !!! Thought and prayers to you all, Traci Traxler Thompson

  • We were saddened to hear of Mr. Craze’s passing. We know how hard he fought that dreaded disease. Please know we are thinking of the whole family