OTTAWA - Donald R. "Pete" Croy, 79, passed away at 5:30 a.m., Saturday, April 6, 2013 at his home.
He was born Nov. 11, 1933, to the late Paul D. and Kathryn (Blymyer) Croy. On Oct. 2, 1954, he married Jean King and she survives in Ottawa. Pete was born on Maple Street in Ottawa, lived his entire life on Maple Street and died at his home on Maple Street following a short but courageous battle with cancer.
He is survived by his children, Don (Teresa) Croy, Deb (Chuck) Inkrott, Diane (Mark) Fuerst and Daryl (Diane) Croy all of Ottawa; 10 grandchildren, Jeff (Cari) Croy, Lyle (Amee) Croy, Brian (Kendall) Inkrott, Jason (Laura) Inkrott, Mark (Kendra) Unterbrink, Kevin (Holly) Unterbrink, Alison (Aaron) Teders, Curt (Kayla) Croy, Mitch (Brittany) Croy and Nolan Croy; two step-grandchildren, Meghan (Craig) Baldauf and Micah (Krista) Fuerst; 14 great-grandchildren, Alexis, Josh, Gracie, Garret, Wyatt, Everett, Kathryn, Maddox, Maris, Gwenevere, Karlie, Charlotte, Stella and Valerie; two sisters, Dorothy Michel and Pat (Ed) Ketner both of Ottawa; three sisters-in-law, Alice Croy of Perrysburg, Sally Croy of Waterville and Mary Croy of Ottawa; and a brother-in-law, Gary Okuley of Ottawa.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Bob Croy, Jim Croy and Bill Croy; a sister, Carol Okuley; and a brother-in-law, Harry Michel.
Pete was a lifelong dealer of poultry and eggs. He enjoyed many years of working with his wife, making crafts for their business, Croy's Country Crafts. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Ottawa. Pete's greatest love was for his family. He enjoyed family gatherings, especially at their cabin on the Auglaize River. He loved attending his grandchildren's sporting events and was a huge part of each of their lives. He loved building campfires, cooking, grilling and feeding people, as well as mushroom hunting and playing cards.
A funeral service was held at 11 a.m., Monday, April 8 at Love Funeral Home, Ottawa with Pastor Lynda Lockwood officiating. Burial was in Harman Cemetery, Gilboa.
Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church or Putnam County Hospice.
Condolences may be expressed at: www.lovefuneralhome.com