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Fitzhugh Crawford

March 22, 1943 — January 14, 2021

Van Wert

Fitzhugh "Fitz" Crawford, 77, of Van Wert, Ohio, went home with the Lord on Thursday, January 14, 2021. Fitz was born on March 22, 1943 in his beloved Pineville, Kentucky to Caleb "Chalk" and Effie Crawford. He will always be remembered for his love of family first and foremost, and Fitz was blessed to share his life with wonderful parents, siblings, children, and grandchildren. For as much as his family loved him, he always loved us better. He was absolutely smitten with his wife of 58 years, Maria. Fitz provided for his family by working for 35 years at the BF Goodrich Plant in Woodburn, Indiana. He was a veteran and served three years in the United States Army. In his spare time, he enjoyed anything outdoors, including hunting, gardening, or golfing, but his natural element was spending time in water. Some of his fondest memories included swimming in the ocean while vacationing in Cancun, Mexico. He enjoyed good food and cheering on his University of Kentucky Wildcats. Fitz and his family attended the First Baptist Church in Van Wert for over 45 years. Fitz is preceded in death by his brothers Hollis, John, and Jerry and sisters Dot Ziegler, Karen Money, and infant sister Mary. He is survived by his loving wife, Maria H. Crawford; sister Maxine Sutton; son Fitzhugh (Kellie) Crawford, Jr.; son Jason (Kylie) Crawford; son Mark (Emma) Crawford; and grandchildren Jacqueline (Brett) Garrett, Hannah, Fitzhugh III, Caleb, Hailey, Erica, Kayla, and Madi. The family wishes to extend our sincere appreciation to the nurses and staff at the Elara Caring Hospice Care. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association. There will be no funeral services due to Covid-19, but the family hopes to conduct a memorial service celebrating Fitz's life this summer.

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Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements.

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