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August 25, 1926 ~ November 22, 2023 (age 97) 97 Years Old
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Olin Pegg Cruse, 97, of Middletown, Ohio, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, November, 22nd, attended by his family. He was preceeded in death by his beloved wife Gerry, daughter, Crista, and his sister, Lolah Ann Cruse. Olin was born in Middletown, Ohio to parents Clyde L. Cruse Sr. and Lolah B. (Crull) Cruse, on August 25th, 1926. In 1944, while still in high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Navy Air Corp during World War II. After his discharge, he returned to school and graduated from Trenton High School in 1948. He married his sweetheart, Geraldine Womack on January 13th, 1951; they raised their family in Monroe. He was employed at Armco Research Laboratory and retired in 1982. While working there, he played on the Armco softball team and participated in their bowling league. He faithfully worshipped at the First Church of God for many years, from the time it was on Young street, moving to Crawford, and finally, onto Breile Blvd. He devoted so much time to church activities such as, teaching Sunday school and working with the Boy Scouts. He was active in the senior adult group; going on trips and volunteering in the community. He also sang in the choir and enjoyed participating in the annual Christmas and Easter musicals. Besides Gospel music, he also loved all of the big bands from the 1940’s, especially Glenn Miller and the McGuire Sisters. Olin was devoted to his family and friends. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. He enjoyed gardening, camping, fishing, and traveling. He was interested in history and liked touring historical sites, watching documentaries, and visiting the National Parks. He particularly liked spending time at the beach in Florida and often spent family vacations there. He was a loyal fan of both the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals. Olin enjoyed watching and attending the games. He was a supporter of both the Down Syndrome Society of Greater Cincinnati and Special Olympics. He is survived by his daughters, Lisa (Mark) Carrozza, of Monroe, Ohio and Jennifer Cruse of Middletown, Ohio, who he lived with during his later years. He is also survived by his granddaughter, Marisa Carrozza, sister, Mary Ruth Wendt, and sister sister-in-laws Ruth Cruse, Joan Cruse, and many special nieces and nephews to whom he was always affectionately known “Uncle O.” A visitation will be held at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, November 29th, 2023, at Baker-Stevens-Parramore Funeral Home, 6850 Roosevelt Ave., Middletown, Ohio, 45005. A memorial service will follow on Thursday, November 30th, 2023 at 11:00 AM and will be held at the Funeral Home. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.bakerstevensparramore.com
Butler County Memorial Park 4570 Trenton-Oxford Road Hamilton, OH 45011