Caring Staff

Our professional staff understands and appreciates that the funeral service you select is an individual expression and tribute to your loved one. Your funeral director is willing to work with you regardless of your religious beliefs or personal preferences. Caring, compassionate service and adhering to the Golden Rule "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you" are distinguishing qualities of Golden Rule funeral homes. That understanding and respect are among the many reasons to turn to Crosser Funeral Home, your Golden Rule funeral home.

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Clifford C. Crosser Founder 1921 - 2019

Cliff was a longtime resident of Ottawa County and was a licensed funeral director and embalmer for nearly 70 years. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, serving with the paratroopers in Europe. An active member of the community, he was an officer and member of many organizations. He was married to the late Kathleen Temple Crosser, and was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Oak Harbor, where he served on the church council. He passed away on April 16, 2019 at the age of 98.

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John D. Crosser Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

John is a second-generation licensed funeral director and embalmer and an Ottawa County native. He is married to the former Maria (Sue) Werner who is a Registered Nurse. A Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, John is a graduate of Oak Harbor High School, attended Ohio Northern University, the University of Toledo, and is a graduate of the former Indiana College of Mortuary Science, Indianapolis, IN. He is a longtime member of the Oak Harbor Public Library Board of Trustees, is a past master of Oak Harbor Lodge #495, F. & A.M., and volunteered over 30 years as an EMT and officer with Mid-County Emergency Medical Service. A member of the board of directors of the Oak Harbor Area Concerned Citizens (Oakwood Manor) and a member and past president of the Oak Harbor Lions Club, he is also a member of the Port Clinton Elks, the Catawba Island Club, and the Ottawa County Historical Society. John and Sue attend St. Paul United Church of Christ, where John is a former organist, and member and past president of the church council.

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Thomas E. Priesman Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

Tom is also an Ottawa County native, a Catawba Island resident, and a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He is married to the former Kathy Buhrow, and is a graduate of Oak Harbor High School, attended Bowling Green State University, and is a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is a former chairman of the board of trustees of the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce, a member and past president of the Oak Harbor Rotary Club, past president and board member of the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, and was chairman of Oak Harbor's Apple Festival for many years. He is a member of the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, and past president of the Peninsula Lions Club. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Ottawa County Historical Museum, a member of the Crew's Nest at Put-in-Bay, the Colonial Club, Nor'Easter Club, past commodore of Put-in-Bay Yacht Club, and Hickory Bay Club. Tom is a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Elliston, and has been a licensed basketball referee for many years.

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Christopher L. DeTray Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

Chris is a native of Ottawa County and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He is a 1992 graduate of Oak Harbor High School, attended Kent State University, and is a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Chris is the head of our monument/memorial division. He is a member of the South Shore Wrestling Officials Association where he is a licensed Ohio High School wrestling official. For many years Chris has been associated with the wrestling program at Benton-Carroll-Salem schools and is currently the wrestling coach at the Oak Harbor Middle School. He recently retired from the Mid-County E.M.S. where he earned life-time member status for his over 25 years of service to the community. Chris has been active in the Oak Harbor Lions Club where he has held the offices of treasurer, vice-presidents, president, and secretary. He also holds memberships in the Firelands Funeral Directors Association and Ohio Embalmers Association. Chris is married to the former Heather (Cook) Gottron. They reside near Oak Harbor in Benton Township with their children: Derek, Celia, Dylan, Lily, Makena, and Clifford. They are members of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Oak Harbor, where Chris is a Past Council President, a current Trustee, and member of the Senior Choir. Chris enjoys being active, watching his past wrestling kids and their successes, fishing, camping, and singing.

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Kathryn M. Priesman Licensed Insurance Agent and Family Service Director

Kathy (Buhrow) is also an Ottawa County native and a graduate of Oak Harbor High School. She is a licensed Ohio Insurance Agent and is the Family Service Director for our four chapels, heading up both our Advanced Funeral Planning and Aftercare Programs. Kathy is a past board member of the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce and is a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, the Nor'Easter Club, Put-in-Bay Yacht Club, and the Crew's Nest at Put-in-Bay. She has over 20 years of experience in the banking and investment fields. She is married to Tom Priesman and has three grown children; Josh (Amanda) Dusseau, Shaina (Kevin) Swan and Jared (Brandy) Dusseau. She also has six granchildren. Kathy and Tom live on Catawba Island and enjoy spending their weekends on their boat, with family and friends or traveling.

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Les Krumnow Finance

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Joan Kline Administrative Assistant jkline@crosserfuneralhome.com

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Cassi (Sievert) Everhardt Administrative Assistant ceverhardt@crosserfuneralhome.com

Cassi is a 2002 graduate from Oak Harbor High School. She then attended Owens Community College where she graduated with an Associates Degree in Office Administration and Medical Office Support. 

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Louis Damschroder Staff Associates

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Lauren Liekse Staff Associates

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Connie Lieske Staff Associates

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John Gulick Staff Associates

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Jan Snyder Staff Associates

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Dan Hoover Staff Associates

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Connie Krotzer Staff Associates

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Jan Harder Staff Associates

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Dick Sweeney Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer (Retired)

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Mary Lou Clark Staff Associates

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Linda Sandrock Staff Associates

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Carol Mylander Staff Associates

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Jim Piercefield 1936 - 2020

We lost our good friend Jim on Monday, August 3, 2020. To view obituary, please click on the Obituary tab.

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Rick Krotzer Staff Associates

Clifford C. Crosser

Founder 1921 - 2019
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Cliff was a longtime resident of Ottawa County and was a licensed funeral director and embalmer for nearly 70 years. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, serving with the paratroopers in Europe. An active member of the community, he was an officer and member of many organizations. He was married to the late Kathleen Temple Crosser, and was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Oak Harbor, where he served on the church council. He passed away on April 16, 2019 at the age of 98.

John D. Crosser

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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John is a second-generation licensed funeral director and embalmer and an Ottawa County native. He is married to the former Maria (Sue) Werner who is a Registered Nurse. A Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, John is a graduate of Oak Harbor High School, attended Ohio Northern University, the University of Toledo, and is a graduate of the former Indiana College of Mortuary Science, Indianapolis, IN. He is a longtime member of the Oak Harbor Public Library Board of Trustees, is a past master of Oak Harbor Lodge #495, F. & A.M., and volunteered over 30 years as an EMT and officer with Mid-County Emergency Medical Service. A member of the board of directors of the Oak Harbor Area Concerned Citizens (Oakwood Manor) and a member and past president of the Oak Harbor Lions Club, he is also a member of the Port Clinton Elks, the Catawba Island Club, and the Ottawa County Historical Society. John and Sue attend St. Paul United Church of Christ, where John is a former organist, and member and past president of the church council.

Thomas E. Priesman

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Tom is also an Ottawa County native, a Catawba Island resident, and a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He is married to the former Kathy Buhrow, and is a graduate of Oak Harbor High School, attended Bowling Green State University, and is a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He is a former chairman of the board of trustees of the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce, a member and past president of the Oak Harbor Rotary Club, past president and board member of the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, and was chairman of Oak Harbor's Apple Festival for many years. He is a member of the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, and past president of the Peninsula Lions Club. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Ottawa County Historical Museum, a member of the Crew's Nest at Put-in-Bay, the Colonial Club, Nor'Easter Club, past commodore of Put-in-Bay Yacht Club, and Hickory Bay Club. Tom is a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Elliston, and has been a licensed basketball referee for many years.

Christopher L. DeTray

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Chris is a native of Ottawa County and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He is a 1992 graduate of Oak Harbor High School, attended Kent State University, and is a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Chris is the head of our monument/memorial division. He is a member of the South Shore Wrestling Officials Association where he is a licensed Ohio High School wrestling official. For many years Chris has been associated with the wrestling program at Benton-Carroll-Salem schools and is currently the wrestling coach at the Oak Harbor Middle School. He recently retired from the Mid-County E.M.S. where he earned life-time member status for his over 25 years of service to the community. Chris has been active in the Oak Harbor Lions Club where he has held the offices of treasurer, vice-presidents, president, and secretary. He also holds memberships in the Firelands Funeral Directors Association and Ohio Embalmers Association. Chris is married to the former Heather (Cook) Gottron. They reside near Oak Harbor in Benton Township with their children: Derek, Celia, Dylan, Lily, Makena, and Clifford. They are members of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Oak Harbor, where Chris is a Past Council President, a current Trustee, and member of the Senior Choir. Chris enjoys being active, watching his past wrestling kids and their successes, fishing, camping, and singing.

Kathryn M. Priesman

Licensed Insurance Agent and Family Service Director
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Kathy (Buhrow) is also an Ottawa County native and a graduate of Oak Harbor High School. She is a licensed Ohio Insurance Agent and is the Family Service Director for our four chapels, heading up both our Advanced Funeral Planning and Aftercare Programs. Kathy is a past board member of the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce and is a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, the Nor'Easter Club, Put-in-Bay Yacht Club, and the Crew's Nest at Put-in-Bay. She has over 20 years of experience in the banking and investment fields. She is married to Tom Priesman and has three grown children; Josh (Amanda) Dusseau, Shaina (Kevin) Swan and Jared (Brandy) Dusseau. She also has six granchildren. Kathy and Tom live on Catawba Island and enjoy spending their weekends on their boat, with family and friends or traveling.

Les Krumnow

Finance
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Joan Kline

Administrative Assistant
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Cassi (Sievert) Everhardt

Administrative Assistant
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Cassi is a 2002 graduate from Oak Harbor High School. She then attended Owens Community College where she graduated with an Associates Degree in Office Administration and Medical Office Support. 

Louis Damschroder

Staff Associates
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Lauren Liekse

Staff Associates
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Connie Lieske

Staff Associates
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John Gulick

Staff Associates
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Jan Snyder

Staff Associates
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Dan Hoover

Staff Associates
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Connie Krotzer

Staff Associates
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Jan Harder

Staff Associates
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Dick Sweeney

Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer (Retired)
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Mary Lou Clark

Staff Associates
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Linda Sandrock

Staff Associates
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Carol Mylander

Staff Associates
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Jim Piercefield

1936 - 2020
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We lost our good friend Jim on Monday, August 3, 2020. To view obituary, please click on the Obituary tab.

Rick Krotzer

Staff Associates
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