Lt. Colonel Melvin William Crosson, USAF retired, passed away peacefully at the age of 93 on January 2, 2014 at his home in Rancho Bernardo surrounded by family.|
Melvin was born April 15, 1920 in Hastings, Nebraska to William and Minnie Crosson. He graduated from Hastings High School in 1937 where he was an active member of DeMolay. He attended Hastings College until 1941 when he enlisted in the Army Air Corp. He graduated from Officers Training at Yale University and was then sent to the Pacific Command with the 8th Combat Cargo Squadron in 1944. Returning to the US in November 1945 he married Jeannette Kryger on January 1, 1946 in Neligh, Nebraska. They were stationed in the Azores, New York and Washington DC. He was then assigned to the Strategic Air Command and was transferred to New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska, and Texas. While stationed in Nebraska, he received his Bachelor's Degree from University of Omaha. After a tour of Vietnam in 1962 he spent one year in Altus Oklahoma before retiring after a 23 year Air Force career. Settling in Santa Barbara in 1964 he had another 20 year career with Raytheon before retiring for good in 1984. In 2005 he and Jeannette moved to Rancho Bernardo's Remington Club to be closer to family.
He lost his wife Jeannette in 2008 after 62 years of marriage. He is survived by his daughters, Bobbie Davis and husband Mark of Rancho Bernardo and Cathie Billiet and husband Charles of Angels Camp. He has four grandchildren, Todd (Jennifer) Davis, Troy (Jie) Davis, Holly Davis and Katie Billiet. He has three great grandchildren, Nathan, Landon and Addison Davis. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Pinkie Garver of Rancho Bernardo. His family will miss seeing him at his dining table working crossword puzzles.
Private family service will be held January 11, 2013 at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Poway. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to
Published in the Pomerado News on Jan. 9, 2014