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Michael J. Kreuz
Michael J. Kreuz, age 59, of Delta, Ohio, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at Ebeid Hospice in Sylvania. He was born June 26, 1960 in Toledo to Al and Char (Gleckler) Kreuz. Mike graduated from St. John’s Jesuit High School in 1978. He also graduated Summa Cum Laude from “The School of Hard Knocks”.
He began working at Smith’s (the family restaurant) as a teenager where he was groomed to become owner, following in his Dad’s footsteps. He continued to build the restaurant’s reputation, added catering, and later reinvented Smith’s (aptly naming it “Kreuzer’s”) where the same great food and service continued. His restaurant staff were like his second family. His uncanny ability to connect with people in all walks of life was the foundation of his success as a restauranteur and, more recently, as a self-employed contractor.
His love of sports, later enhanced by having active children of his own, naturally transitioned into 25 years of volunteer coaching, which he continued to do even after his kids graduated. He himself was a gifted athlete - he burgeoned into a near scratch golfer, including posting three holes-in-one! Additionally, he was his kids most ardent fan - a constant presence at their games and extracurricular activities.
He was a zealous Michigan football and basketball fan, attending countless games in the Big House with family and friends. You could definitely hear him on game days whether cheering on the Wolverines or loudly disagreeing with the play calls or refereeing!
Mike’s children were his pride and joy, driving him to live life passionately and fully. Time with Dad was always an over-the-top adventure, whether riding dirt bikes, camping, digging tunnels in the front yard, sledding outside AND inside the home, building forts and late night card games…just to name a few. There was never a dull moment.
Mike felt very honored and blessed to serve as president of the Alano Club in Wauseon. He was never shy or reticent to share his testimony of deliverance from his addictions, faithfully attending AA meetings to share this message of hope. He truly lived the mantra of “pay it forward” in mentoring and sponsoring so many.
The Crossroads Church family was a great source of support and healing for Mike, a place to call home. He was humbled to serve as a Recovery Team Leader, which was both life changing and influential in his walk with Christ. Mike had an un-replicable personality which impacted everyone his life touched…his family, friends, co-workers and community.
Left to cherish his memory are his children, Clayton, Noah and Kori Kreuz; stepson Tyler Sutton; his mom Char; sisters, Laurie (Ted Pablo) Kreuz, Becky (Casey) Gaynor, and Barbie (Todd) Baldwin; sister-in-law Katie Dufort; nieces and nephews - Abbie, Charlton and Parry Cornelius; Atley, Autry and Aivry Gaynor; Hannah, Elisabeth and Isaiah Baldwin; Amaya, Matilda and Alexa Pablo; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Mike was preceded in death by his daughter, Lauren; his Dad, Al Kreuz; and brothers, Gary and Alvin John Jr. Kreuz.
Family and friends may visit Sunday, December 15th from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home, 204 Chestnut St. in Swanton (419.826.2631). Visitation will continue Monday, December 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Crossroads Evangelical Church, 845 E. Leggett St. in Wauseon, where services celebrating Mike's life will begin at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be private.
A Memorial Mass will be held Tuesday, December 17th at 12:00 (Noon) at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Assumption.
Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Church or the Alano Club.
I used to fly an airplane to Wauseon from Ann Arbor for years, landing at the sod strip behind the gas station. Always getting something to eat at Smith's and getting to know Mike as a casual customer. He was always a friendly guy. I looked forward to seeing him when I made the trip, probably 250 times over a twenty year period. I eventually moved from Michigan but would go out of my way to stop by Smith's if I was within a 100 miles.
I was thinking about Mike last night when I found his obituary trying to determine what he and his family were up to.
I'm glad I met Mike and wish the best for his family. My condolences.
Tom Reed West Branch, Michigan
Tom Reed Oct 26 2021 3:23 PM
Mike one of was always in the rooms when each of us came back.....you are here in spirit for me this time Andi will always remember you for this! I miss you dearly and wish I wouldve took tge time to see good bye! Peace out brother and GO BLUE!!!! MAKE SURE WE WIN THIS YEAR MAN. You know who.....
Annonymous May 23 2020 12:00 AM
He used to gave me a certificate to smiths restaurant I was in elementary school
Katie dickens Jan 9 2020 12:00 AM
I am sooo sorry that I missed his celebration. I just heard the sad news.... What a great Man.... He was always so nice to me. Always looked up to him.... I worked with Becky on the Turnpike sandblasting plows. What a great Family. I'm so sorry I missed his goodbye yesterday.... I'm sick about it..... God Speed Mike..... I always thought you were awesome.....
Daniel Rashley Dec 17 2019 12:00 AM
To Char and Family, You have our deepest, heartfelt sympathy. We wish you peace and comfort at this most difficult time. Our thoughts are with you.
Craig and Gail Northcott Dec 15 2019 12:00 AM
To the family, my heartfelt condolences for your loss. Please find comfort in the knowledge that God promises to end all suffering. Before long, God will wipe out every tear from our eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things (will) have passed away.(Rev. 21:1-5). May this promise from God give you comfort now and a real hope for the future. My deepest sympathy.
Mary Dec 12 2019 12:00 AM
Prayers for Char and all of Mike's family. May God be with you and ease your pain. Also, GO BLUE
Patricia and Norman Vandenbusche Dec 12 2019 12:00 AM
To the Kreuz family- I have so many fond memories of my grade school classmate, cousin, and friend. The Silvestris send our deepest sympathies to all of you, and especially to Kori. We will be out of town and unable to attend services, but know our prayers are with all of you.
Amy Silvestri Dec 12 2019 12:00 AM
I am so grateful I was able to reconnect with Mike this year. A man of service, he readily gave to .his church, recovery community, family and friends. Praying for Mom, kids, siblings and family. Mike is sitting in awe at Jesus's feet.
Krista Whitson Dec 12 2019 12:00 AM
Dec. 12, 2019 2;40 PM. So sad to hear, he was always a great young man taking care of the good ole Smith restaurant, loved that restaurant and good ole Michael . Always so nice and friendly , God bless the dear family, comfort them and strengthen them through this loss
Anna Smith Dec 12 2019 12:00 AM