William A. 'Bill' Crosson

1931-2005

Thursday, October 13, 2005

GALESBURG - William A. "Bill" Crosson, 74, 1441 Clay St., died at 9:37 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 11, 2005) in Galesburg Cottage Hospital.

He was born April 8, 1931, in Crab Orchard, the son of James S. and Itha Lee Smith Crosson.

He married Mary Ruth Hayes on May 30, 1951, in Culver City, Calif. She died Feb. 4, 1980. He married Betty Jane Milroy Holcomb on Feb. 14, 1982, in Galesburg. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Dale (and Karen) Crosson, Jacksonville, Fla., and Tim (and Allyson) Crosson, Lexington, Mo.; four daughters, Ren<0x00E9> (and Frank) Harrigan, Dickinson, Texas, Debbie Crosson and Monica Robinson, both of Bloomington, and Bonnie (and Irving) Epperson Jr., Buckingham, Va.; a stepson, Bill (and Debbie) Holcomb, Galesburg; a stepdaughter, Margo (and Ed) Rockhold, Galesburg; 20 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters, a granddaughter and a great-grandson.

He graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1949 and attended Illinois College in Jacksonville for one year. He lived in Galesburg since 1982.

He served in the Navy during the Korean War and was stationed on the U.S.S. Uhlmann in San Diego. He was a Midwest coordinator for the U.S.S. Uhlmann annual reunion.

He was a communication engineer and purchasing agent for General Telephone Co. for 24 years. He retired in 1985 and worked for Duff Ace Hardware in Galesburg until it closed in 2004.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the choir and involved with the Men's Prayer Breakfast. He was an ordained Baptist deacon, and a member of the "Singing Illinoisans," a part of the singing Baptist State Choir. He also was a member of Norman Masonic Lodge 673 and was a 32nd degree Mason, a former member of the Knox County Wood Workers and a volunteer for the Knox County Habitat for Humanity.

Funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Scott Grulke officiating. Military rites will be accorded following the service at the church by Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Entombment will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Music Department. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.

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