Hobert “Hobie” Krouse (1931-2019)


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.

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3 Comments on "Hobert “Hobie” Krouse (1931-2019)"

  1. I always looked forward coming to work everyday at SKLD and my day really didn’t start until I was greeted by either a fist bump or handshake from Hobie. I loved working with Hobie but just talking with him on a daily basis was good too. He always spoke about his wife, his son Kenny, Montpelier school teachers/football and BUCKEYE FOOTBALL. He truly made an impact on all that worked around or worked him while at SKLD, he will be greatly missed and remembered.

  2. Rest well Coach

  3. We always looked for Hobie when we went to see Dad. He was always happy to see us. I always wore my Steelers top and he would say don’t you have a different shirt ? One day I received a Browns shirt and would wear that to Dads visits and his eyes would light up say Yea now you have a good shirt . We did not know him but he really touched out heart made us feel like we knew him a long time. I would play the harmonica he would say that’s really good. He will be missed

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