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“Hello all, so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I always enjoyed his great sense of humor and hearty laugh when he would visit Jose at Kingston at...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Camille Garrison - Fort Wayne, IN

“Carol, Joyce, Bob, Our sincere condolences on the loss of your father. You are in our thoughts and prayers Dorothy, Richard and Linda Shinn ”
2 of 15 | Posted by: Linda Shinn - Indianapolis, IN

“Great Uncle Bob,You were a good man all around, and a true American hero who was part of the greatest generation. I remember all the times you and...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Dana Miller - Leo, IN

“Our condolences to the Crosby Family. We thank God for the sacrifices of Mr. Crosby and family in protecting our liberty, freedom and way of life. We...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Harry Riley - Crestview, FL

“Bob, Joyce, Carol and Families, He was a Hero. He was so very special. I feel honored to have worked with him a while. His wisdom, shared so freely,...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Phillip H. Shirmeyer

“Uncle Bob: You will never know how much you will be missed or the impact that you had on so many. You were a good man, good father, and a mentor to...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Ab Crosby - Fort Wayne, IN

“Bob, Joyce, Carol and Families, He was a Hero. He was so very special. I feel honored to have worked with him a while. His wisdom, shared so freely...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Phillip Shirmeyer - Adam's Lake, IN

“Uncle Bob:You will never know how much you will be missed or the impact that you had on so many. You were a good man, good father, and a mentor to so...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Ab Crosby - Fort Wayne, IN

“My condolence to the Crosby family. I learn a lot from Bob when I work for him in the late 60's. He was one that understood how I felt when I return...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Roger Ralston - Newnan, GA

“To the family of Robert Edward Crosby. Thank you for sharing, just some of the stories of your fathers amazing life and experiences. When they talk...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Mike Murphy - IN

“Uncle Bob, you will be missed. I have thought of you often and the many visits to Lake James. If not for you I would have never learned to ski! ...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Janie Crosby - Warm Springs, GA

“I savored every picture in the album. I remember many visits with Dad to "Uncle Bob's and Aunt Joey's" both at the Kirkwood house and up at the lake...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Becky Lepper - Kokomo, IN - Niece

“Celebrating a life that was well lived. Bob touched countless lives during his stay on Earth. My deepest sympathy to the Crosby family for losing...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Scott Bell - Lake James, IN

“In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Great Niece, Lora Linn/Roberts - IN

Uncle Bob's 90th birthday! “Thank you Uncle Bob, for all your love, all your kindness. You are a treasure, a gem. I will never forget the mark you have made on my life. You...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Marylou Crosby Wade - Titusville, FL


Robert Edward Crosby, 92, a member of the Greatest Generation, died peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, in the arms of his loving family. Born in Fort Wayne on November 17, 1918, he was the fourth of eight children born to Edward Clark and Bertha May (Lantz) Crosby. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years Josephine Rose (Carrier) Crosby; brothers, Abner Elmer, Herbert Calvin and Thomas Willard; sisters, Rosella Mary Crosby, Eloise Gamble, and Elaine Alice DeBolt; and half-brother Richard J. Crosby. He is survived by his older sister Josephine Bertha Bobilya. Mr. Crosby proudly served his country in World War II as a member of the U.S. Eighth Air Force, 458th Bombardment Group, Crew 30. As flight engineer and top turret gunner on B24's flying out of England and North Africa, S/Sgt. Robert Crosby was credited with a confirmed enemy fighter destroyed from the top turrent in April 1944. Pilot David Manker, with whom Mr. Crosby flew 31 missions, later recalled one of many harrowing events:

"We made it to our air base and landed with a blown-out tire making sparks fly off of the metal rim. We ran off the runway onto the grass where the plane stopped. Our engineer/top turret gunner, Bob Crosby, climbed onto the wings and he told me that he could see no gas in any of the tanks. We had used up all 2,700 gallons. We counted 67 flak holes in our plane. I still believe God had a hand in our making it back that day and all other days".

Discharged a Technical Sergeant, Mr. Crosby was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 4 bronze Oak Leaf Cluster's and a Merit of Valor. Mr. Crosby became a Carpenter Apprentice in 1939 and had advanced his way up to General Superintendant for Clarence Figel Construction Company, when his employer retired in 1962. In 1963, he founded R. E. Crosby Inc., General Contractor, contributing to the development of Fort Wayne in the 1960's, 1970's, and 1980's. He retired in 1986. He was a founding member of the Fort Wayne Summit Club; a board member of Club Olympia, and a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the Mizpah Shrine. In later years, Mr. Crosby and his wife enjoyed traveling and relaxing in their homes in Fort Wayne, Jensen Beach, Florida, and at Lakes James in Angola. However, their greatest joys were their children and grandchildren. Mr. Crosby is deeply mourned by his children Carol May Crosby, Robert Clark (Patricia Ann) Crosby, and Joyce Ann (Michael Ray) Mattingly; his grandchildren, Michael Robert (Raelynn) Mattingly, Jennifer Rose Crosby and Melissa Ray Crosby; his great-grandsons, Dane Michael Mattingly and Vaughn Derick Mattingly; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 14, 2011, at D.O. McComb and Sons Lake Avenue Funeral Home at 11am with calling one hour prior. The family will receive visitors on Thursday, October 13, 2011, from 2pm-5pm and 7pm-9pm. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, where Mr. Crosby will be interred next to his beloved wife. Pastor Chris Thurow will officiate. The family wishes to thank the nursing staff of the Lamplight Inn, Family Hospice and Palliative Care of Berne, and especially Vicki Sipe and Karyn Bentley for the love, care, and compassions shown to Mr. Crosby. Preferred Memorials may be made to Family Hospice and Palliative Care, Berne, Indiana, Turnstone Center, and SCAN. To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com.