Thomas L. Crosby, age 74 of Williamsburg, Iowa, died peacefully Thursday, March 6, 2014 at his home. Memorial Service: 10:30 A.M. Monday, March 10, 2014, St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Iowa City with Fr. Gary Beckman officiating. Military Honors will be conducted at the church following the service. Inurnment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Marengo. The family will receive friends from 2 to 5 P.M. Sunday, March 9, 2014 at the church in Iowa City, with a Vigil Service at 2:00 P.M. conducted by Fr. Mike Phillips, and a KC Rosary recited at 5 P.M. Memorials may be contributed to the Pro-life organization of the donor’s choice or Essence of Hospice, Amana. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.
He is survived by his wife Anita; seven children, Timothy Crosby (Rennie) of Austin, TX, Matthew Crosby (Carrie) of Riverside, IA, Benjamin Crosby (Suzi) of Poulsbo, WA, Erin Ferragut (Nelson) of Stevensville, MI, Andrew Crosby of New Orleans, Christopher Crosby of Williamsburg, and Elizabeth Crosby of Iowa City; thirteen grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and three siblings, Jim Crosby (Virginia) of Kansas City, MO, Doug Crosby (Carole) of Peosta, IA, and Marta Murphy (Joe) of Boston, MA. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Thomas Leo Crosby was born July 12, 1939 in Marshalltown, Iowa, the son of James Harold Crosby and Anna Belle Wheelock Crosby. He graduated from Marshalltown High School in 1957 and received his Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Tom married Ellen Anita Giles on November 3 1962 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marshalltown. He served in the U.S. Navy for 6 years, stationed in San Diego and Seattle.
Tom was employed with Boeing from 1966 - 68, then went to work for Amana Refrigeration from 1968 - 2000. He worked with several veteran service organizations and most recently was the director of the Iowa County Veterans Service. He sang with the Believers for many years and also the St. Wenceslaus Choir. Thomas was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Iowa City, the Knights of Columbus, National Association of County Veterans Service Officers, the American Legion and numerous other veteran organizations.
Tom and Anita shared their love with countless foster children over the years. They were instrumental in reuniting Vietnamese refugee families whose children were in Tom and Anita’s care through the unaccompanied minors program.