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Alvin "Al" John Kreuz
Alvin “Al” John Kreuz, age nearly 81, of Delta, Ohio, answered his heavenly calling on Friday evening, May 20th, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 24, 1935 in rural Swanton, Ohio to Jacob and Melvina (Langenderfer) Kreuz. Al was the second youngest of 11 children, 3 brothers and 7 sisters. Imagine that household! Al attended Immaculate Conception (Raabs) grade school and was a proud 1953 Swanton High School graduate. Shortly after high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army serving from 1955-57. On August 22nd, 1959, Al and Charlotte Lou Gleckler (Delta) were married. This union was meant to be; it continued strong for 57 years.
Al’s career was interesting and eclectic. His family farming background set the groundwork for a long career, beginning with the Sohio Company, where he rose to a management position, followed by a business partnership with Toledo Radiator and Glass. A forty year career as owner/operator of Smith’s Restaurant of Wauseon began in 1972. His desire to serve the community compelled him to seek a political position, resulting in serving three terms as a County Commissioner. “Vote for the man, not the party” was his slogan that earned him the distinction in 1980 of being the first Democrat elected in Fulton County in 48 years! In addition he was an integral member of a group that founded the Wauseon Racquet Club. Al eventually retired to spend more time with family and friends (and on the links).
Al was a member and leader of multiple organizations, including the Knights of Columbus, Wauseon Rotary, Catholic War Vets and the Delta F & M Advisory Board.
As a life-long athlete and sports enthusiast, his talents on the softball field, bowling alley, and golf course earned him many awards and accolades. He was most proud of his nine (no, you didn’t misread this) holes-in-one. His skill never abated and for the last twelve years he continued to periodically shoot his age up until the end. As for bowling, his first and only perfect 300 game earned him a $10,000 purse (ironically sponsored by Smith’s Restaurant!) His love of athletics and teaching prompted him to volunteer as a coach with the CYO and St. Mary’s (now Holy Trinity) basketball programs for 27 years. Additionally he coached little league and later assisted the Evergreen HS golf team.
It would be remiss to omit his extreme allegiance and devotion to the University of Michigan Wolverines, having been a season ticket holder for 44 years (the first in 1969 when Bo’s team beat Woody’s team) Much of the thrill involved sharing the experience with family and friends in the “Big House”. Tinkering in his workshop evolved into an amazing talent in woodworking. Many of his family and friends continue to enjoy his labors of love. His generosity extended in a number of areas, especially the Fulton County 4-H program and St. Mary’s/Holy Trinity Parish in Assumption.
Al’s children and grandchildren were the apple of his eye. He was a constant presence at all of their athletic and extracurricular activities, willing to travel any distance to cheer them on.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Char, son Mike, daughters Laurie (Edd Martinez) Kreuz, Becky (Casey) Gaynor, Barbie (Todd) Baldwin, daughter-in-law Katie (Kreuz) Cornelius and grandchildren: Clayton, Noah and Kori Kreuz, Tyler Sutton; Abbie, Charlton and Parry Cornelius; Atley, Autry and Aivry Gaynor; Hannah, Elisabeth and Isaiah Baldwin. Other survivors include sisters Clavera Ramlow, Antoinette O’Connor, Regina Ankenbrandt; brothers Norm (Ellie) Kreuz and Jerry (Carol) Kreuz and many wonderful nieces and nephews, practically too numerous to count! Al was preceded in death by his sons Gary and Alvin John Jr. and granddaughter Lauren Kreuz; sisters Veronica Helfich, Agnes Parks, Mary Jane Hughes and Eleanor Corrigan and brother Bob Kreuz.
Family and friends may visit Sunday, May 22nd from 2-8 p.m. and Monday, May 23rd from 4-8 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home, 204 Chestnut St. in Swanton (419.826.2631) Visitation will continue Tuesday, May 24th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Assumption, where a Mass of Resurrection will begin at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Thomas Helfrich and Fr. Michael Dandurand presiding. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Assumption.
Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Church School Building Fund, 2649 US 20, Swanton, OH 43558.
Residence: Delta, Ohio
Visitation: Sunday, May 22nd from 2 to 8 pm and Monday, May 23rd from 4 to 8 pm at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton
Mass of Resurrection: Tuesday, May 23rd at 11:00 am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Assumption
Interment: St. Mary's Cemetery
God bless you Al and peace be with your family. Like all people you touched, you were always someone I looked up to and am better for it. I used to watch as a kid when you played ball (anykind) was such a great player and team member. Thanks Al.
Bob Mossing Jul 18 2016 12:00 AM
Dear Char and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
Tom and Marianne(O'Neill) Armstrong May 26 2016 12:00 AM
Char and Family, Wish to extend my condolences and will keep you, your family, in my prayers. As you know Al has a speical place in my heart. I would just love to hear his voice and i would just imagine his smile. I feel so blessed to have gotten to know you both over the years. You two are a true inspiration of how to live each day for God.
Melinda Robinson May 24 2016 12:00 AM
Char and Family - we are so sorry for your loss as we just heard. You are all in our prayers! Al was such a giving man and he will be missed! We are so glad we were able to share a day with you at a Michigan game...GO BLUE!
Debra Kauffman & Jack Young May 24 2016 12:00 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lonnie and Linda (Parker-Gormley) Snyder May 24 2016 12:00 AM
Wishing you the comfort only those in Christ can receive from the Holy Spirit. In a way, we can only ask for a full and adventurous life, and when done, that God will take us home in the twinkling of an eye. We should all feel so blessed as Al was. Remembering the good golf times together and having Al witness my first hole in one in Kissimmee, FL. One of the few time I beat him at golf., but am still 3 behind Al in holes-in-one. I was glad I was able to talk with Al just a week or so before his death.
David Blosser May 23 2016 12:00 AM
Char, So very to hear of your great loss.You and your family are in my prayers & thoughts. Yours is one of the Great Love Stories. God has Blessed You Both.
Gennie Gongwer May 22 2016 12:00 AM
Char, We were so sorry to hear about Al. You and your family are in our prayers. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and community.
Sue Czerniak Burnett and Tom & Bill Czerniak May 22 2016 12:00 AM
Char and Family, I read Al's obituary in The Blade. You all certainly have my sympathy. Al was a student of mine when my husband Ted and I taught in Swanton many, many years agol. Al was somewhat troublesome in class and after many warnings one day I slapped him. I probably should not have done it and probably would be fired if it would have been today. After that I had no problems with Al;. When he owned and managed Smiths Restaurant some friends and Ted and I went there for dinner one evening without realizing that Al was the operator. We had had a round of drinks and after a while the waitress came with another round and we told her we had not ordered them. She said they were on the house. Then Al came and talked to us. After he left I told the other people about the incident with Al and one of them said something to him as we were getting ready to leave. Al said, "She did what she had to do. I deserved it." He was very forgiving. He also served on the Board of the Lund Association of Northwest Ohio the same time I did. I know he did well in his work and serving as a county commissioner. It's always good to see how people do change from teenagers. Again my sympathy.
Dora Titgemeyer May 22 2016 12:00 AM
Charlotte and family, I extend my sympathy to you for Al's passing. You don't know me but my wife was one of George Snyder's girls, Ruth said she picked strawberries with you for your Dad.I worked at the Shell station across from the Courthouse when Al was County Commissioner and knew him from then.
Hal Gary Griffin May 21 2016 12:00 AM