Car dealer Richard Crumback dies at 90

May 2, 2019

Until several months ago, Richard Crumback remained a regular presence at his New Haven Chevrolet dealership, where he would chat with customers in the showroom.

“He was a storyteller, and people loved that,” said Joe Helmkamp, who worked with Crumback for nearly 40 years.

Crumback died Sunday, just days after turning 90.

The Michigan-born man spent his career in the car business, working his way up from sweeping floors to becoming an auto dealer for more than 50 years, according to his obituary.

“He loved his dealership,” said Helmkamp, new car sales manager at Crumback Chevrolet. “That was his life.”

He had many loyal employees, some of whom worked for him for decades, Helmkamp said.

“He was a very fair man,” Helmkamp said. “He was a person who was good to his employees. He had a sense of humor with them.”

Baseball was another of Crumback’s passions. He played in high school, coached and was involved in the National Amateur Baseball Federation.

Locally, the World Baseball Academy described Crumback as a “great ambassador of the game” in northeast Indiana, and the Fort Wayne Baseball Federation described him as its president and dear friend, according to social media posts.

“Dick was very instrumental in continuing the Fort Wayne Baseball Federation from The Red Carrington days until present,” the organization said on Facebook.

Visitation is 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Harper’s Community Funeral Home, 740 State Road 930 East, New Haven. The funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Harper’s.

Memorials may be made to The National Amateur Baseball Federation/NABF Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 705, Bowie, MD 20718-0705.