DONALD EUGENE CROSTY, 81 ROCKFORD - Donald Eugene Crosty, 81, of Rockford passed away Thursday, November 28, 2013, in his home. He was born July 6, 1932, in Rockford, the son of Paul and Helen Crosty. He married Barbara Hodges in Rockford on March 27, 1953, they were married for 60 years. Don worked for Muller Pinehurst Dairy for over 35 years, retiring in 1993. Don loved hunting, especially at his son-in-laws farm in Wisconsin; fishing in Canada and Northern Minnesota, snowmobiling, four wheeling, bowling and Bocce. Prior to working at Muller's, he managed the bowling alley at the old Faust Hotel. He bowled 35 years in the ABC Tournaments and was inducted into the Rockford Men's Bowling Hall of Fame in November 2004. He was also a die-hard Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. While in his 20's and early 30's he refereed high school football and coached the 1st Bronco Boys Baseball team at Roy Gayle Park. His team, Dyna Kleen/Dyna Vac won many championships in the 1960's, a fact his was very proud of. He was a member of the Korean War Vets, having served in the Army. He was wounded and received the Purple Heart. He also belonged to the Lombardi Club, St. Ambrosia Club and his "home away from home", the Verdi Club, where he served on the Board in one capacity or another, for 30 years, several as President. He was also a member of the American Legion and Sportsmen's Club. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; son, Bob (Dodi) Crosty of Rockford; daughters, Kathy Crosty and Cherie Crosty, both of Pecatonica; son-in-law, Dan Johnson; grandchildren, Bill (Dawn) Coogan, Mike (Nikki) Coogan, Steven Stockdale, Brandon Stockdale, Bruce "Scooter" Richmond Jr., Artie Martin, Mark (Ravin) Brewer Jr., Jarrad Larson and Shaunna Brass; great-grandchildren, Cody and Clayton Coogan and Sylis Brewer; sister, Bonnie (Margarito) Renteria; also several nieces nephews and cousins. Predeceased by his parents; daughter, Debbie; and great- granddaughter, Mikaela Coogan. Funeral service at noon Tuesday, December 3, 2013, in Fitzgerald Funeral Home, 3910 N. Rockton Ave. Entombment in Sunset memorial Gardens. Visitation from 5 until 7 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Visitation also from 11 until 11:45 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family for a memorial to be established for the Verdi Club. Don would like to leave this message with all of you: "I want to thank all my family and friends for a wonderful life, full of happy memories and much love, which I take with me, on my last and solo trip, the bus has left."
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Dec. 1 to Dec. 2, 2013