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Gordon G. Crosbie

Gordon G. Crosbie, 86, of Cabool, Missouri, passed away on Wednessday, August 7, 2013, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Missouri.

He was born on December 2, 1926 of Quaker parents, Edward and Stella Crosbie, on the Cedar Dell farm near Ida Grove, Iowa. Health-wise at birth, he was the best baby of three brothers; however, within two months he commenced his fight for life with a fever for over two years. No modern miracle drugs were available. First he learned to roll, then finally at four years of age he got upright and walked many a mile afterwards.

Gordon loved to help raise shorthorn cattle, looking forward to each spring’s new calf crop; he loved the farm in spite of all the work. He thought the world of his uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews. Even though he never married, he loved children.

After the folks’ passing he made his home with Louise and Roger Crosbie for over 25 years. He would wait for the daily after-breakfast Bible reading. Regardless of the name above the church house door, he was always ready for Sunday worship service wherever Louise and Roger were attending. The three of them were accepted into membership by Cabool Church of the Brethren. Gordon volunteered several years at the SOS Food Pantry carrying, sorting and just helping out here and there.

Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Stella Crosbie; his oldest brother, Owen; and his nephew, Calvin Crosbie.

He is survived by his younger brother, Roger Crosbie and wife Louise; sister-in-law Mildred Crosbie; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Gordon’s celebration of his 86 years was held Saturday, August 10, 2013, at Cabool Church of the Brethren with Pastor Roger Schrock officiating. Marti Landman served as the organist and Sarah Swisloski served as the soloist. Pallbearers were Bob Scobee, Bob Gray, Paul Landman, Larry Pierce, Eddie Brewer and Dean Brewer. Honorary pallbearers were Mary Earlene Wells and Jo Burton. The Daughters of Shalom topped everything off with lunch. Interment was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.

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The family requests memorials be given to the school kids boomerang bag project of Cabool Church of the Brethren.

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