L. Crosby Deaton
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Dr. L. Crosby Deaton, 83 of Wilmington, DE passed away on Friday, August 9, 2013.
Born in Philadelphia, PA on August 30, 1929, he was the son of the late John and Isabelle (Burger) Deaton. A graduate of Haverford College and Lutheran Theological Seminary, he began his career as a Lutheran Minister and served as pastor of churches in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and lastly at Zion Lutheran Church in Wilmington.
He went on to earn his Masters and Doctorate Degrees from Temple University. Dr. Deaton embarked on his second career as a business consultant and, with his partners, was a co-owner of The Athyn Group for more than 25 years. During this time, he converted to the Roman Catholic faith and became an active member of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, where he taught adult catechism classes.
A train enthusiast, Crosby had an extensive collection of model trains and enjoyed traveling by train. He was also an avid reader who could always be found with a book in his hand.
Dr. Deaton is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joanne Gischel Deaton; his children, Debbie Deaton Anderson and her husband, O. L. Anderson, John Deaton and his wife, Linda, and Stephen Deaton and his wife, Connie; his grandchildren, Matthew Strickland, Madeline Deaton, Lydia Deaton and Sara Ellingsworth; his brother, Hugo Deaton; and his sister, Barbara Anderson.
Family and friends are invited to visit at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin on Wednesday, August 14 from 11:00AM - 12:30PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:30PM. Interment will be held privately for this family.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Crosby may be made to St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707 or a
To offer condolences, visit
Doherty Funeral Homes - Pike Creek
3200 Limestone Road Wilmington, DE 19808
Published in The News Journal on Aug. 12, 2013