October 31, 1938 ‒ March 29, 2018
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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