Steven R. Crich (1950 - 2016)

  • "Ross, When we met in 1990, a lifetime friendship was..."
    - Glenn Kerin
  • "I am so sorry to here ross was gone my heart is cying right..."
    - Jinky Hewitt
  • "Ross you will be tremendously missed. You brought out the..."
    - Meraiah Marvel
  • "You always amazed me. You will be forever loved and missed."
    - Linda Caldwell
  • "Condolences to his entire family . he will be missed"
    - steven l & hugh campbell MCmahan

Steven Ross Crich passed away at his home suddenly on Aug. 19, 2016, in Anchorage, Alaska. Ross, famously known for his quick wit, wry humor and commitment to helping anyone in need, has been a renowned fundraiser and drag performer - the illustrious Rosie Rotton - for over 25 years in Alaska and beyond. Ross was born on April 17, 1950, in Sydney, NSW, Australia, and moved to Anchorage in 1989, after achieving a Masters in Nursing. In addition to Alaska, Ross has lived in San Francisco, Calif., and Reno, Nev., where he remains an admired and respected member of their communities. Ross has held positions of leadership in various LGBT organizations, having been publicly elected as both Emperor and Empress for the Imperial Court of All Alaska, as well as dedicating many years of volunteer work with and fundraising for various organizations, including Four A's, Roscoe Fund and Identity, Inc. - among many others. Ross was a local Real Estate agent, who may have helped you sell or buy your home. Most recently, Ross worked for the Bristol Bay Native Corporation in administration, where he was instrumental in organizational leadership and support. Those who have had the honor of knowing Ross will remember him as a mentor and leader, and most of all, a wonderful friend, who shared the most incredible stories about his journey here. Even in preparing for his celebration, we have found solace and comfort in reminiscing about the various stories and adventures Ross shared with us. Ross was also a parental figure to a score of people who have found themselves excluded from their families or friends. Ross has always treated everyone with compassion, strength and guidance through their difficult times or everyday situations. Ross is preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Joyce Crich: and is survived by his husband of 25 years, Michael Richardson of Anchorage; his brother, Peter Crich; his cousin, Natalie Dorn; and his aunt, Shirley Lewis, all residing in Australia; as well as countless international members of the "LaChoy" and "Rotton" families. Ross will be interred in the LGBT Corner of Remembrance of the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery at a private service. A public celebration of life will be held in his honor at Mad Myrna's Nightclub, 530 East 5th Ave. in Anchorage, on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Imperial Court of All Alaska Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 212421, Anchorage, AK 99521-2421. Arrangements have been entrusted to Legacy Funeral Home Bragaw Chapel. To share words of comfort please visit
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Aug. 24, 2016