To honor the life and legacy of Hobie Krouse, the public is invited to attend a celebration of life to be held at Montpelier High School, February 16, 2020 beginning at 2pm. Please bring your own special memories, as well as, hear many speakers share that day including Lynn Oberlin, Kelby Brown, Tom Harrington, Kim Hopkins, John Cameron, Jim Cameron, John Downey, Dr. Steven Bumb, and Mike Heilshorn, just to name a few. Your presence will bring comfort, healing, and joy to our family. I hope you can attend.
Hobert “Hobie” G. Krouse, 88, of Montpelier passed away Wednesday afternoon at SKLD in Bryan. He was born on January 22, 1931 in Pulaski, Ohio to Ernst and Gertrude (Keesbury) Krouse. Hobie graduated from Montpelier High School in 1949. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. On September 4, 1955 he married Ethlyn “Sis” Kuhlman and she survives.
Hobie was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Montpelier. Hobie earned his Bachelor’s degree from Defiance College and his Master’s degree from the Indiana University. Hobie taught and coached at Defiance High School from 1951-1963, Montpelier High School from 1964-1981 and was the assistant football coach at Archbold High School from 1982-2002. Hobie left quite a mark while at Montpelier High School, he was the head coach of the football team from 1964-1981. His team was the State runner up in 1973, and he has the most wins as football coach in MHS football history, 85-73-6. The MHS football field was named “Hobe Krouse Field” in 2010 and Hobie was inducted into the Montpelier Hall of Fame in 2015. He showed bulldogs for over 30 years and was a member of the Bulldog Club of America. Hobie enjoyed traveling to dog shows and watching all sports.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years Sis; children Suzanne Cordray of Mason, Ohio and Kenny Krouse of Bryan; grandchildren Ann (David) Roda, Kristi Cordray and Madysen Krouse; great grandchildren Evan and Reagan Roda; and sister-in-law Klar Kuhlman of Grand Ledge, Michigan.
Hobie was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Ruth Burcroft and Beulah Calvin.
A graveside service for Hobie will be on Monday, December 9th at 1pm at Riverside Cemetery in Montpelier with Reverend Charles Case to officiate. Military graveside rites will be provided by the Montpelier Veterans. A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 2pm at Montpelier High School at 1015 West Brown Road in Montpelier. Memorial contributions may be given to Montpelier High School Athletic Department, Williams County Humane Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.