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John Ellsworth Crosby

March 14, 1949 ~ October 17, 2019 (age 70)


John E. Crosby, age 70, passed away Thursday October 17, 2019 at Blodgett Hospital. He was born March 14, 1949 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Ralph and Marie (Brewer) Crosby, who preceded him in death.

John was a passionate teacher who loved teaching students the fundamentals of math and computers at Rockford Public Schools, for 30 years retiring in 2003. An avid golfer who also loved sailing, fishing, hunting, and camping trips to the far reaches of northern Ontario with family and friends. He was always ready to lend a hand to help his family and friends, and constantly excited about a new project and the problem solving involved.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Marilynn (Spencer) Crosby, his twin brother Jim and Sally (Estefan) Crosby, children David and Elizabeth (VanBuren) Crosby and Kevin and Chelsea (Kunkel) Crosby, and grandchildren Owen, Arwen, Elwen, Spencer, and Dylan.

Please join us for a celebration of life on Sunday, October 27, 2019 between 3:00 and 6:00 P.M. at the Casino Club of Grand Rapids, 3260 Salerno Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49524.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either
Spectrum Health Hospice and Palliative Care (
Habitat for Humanity (

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Celebration of Life
October 27, 2019

3:00 PM
Casino Club of Grand Rapids
3260 Salerno Drive NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525


Spectrum Health Foundation
25 Michigan St, Suite 4100 Grand Rapids, MI 49503, Grand Rapids MI 49503
Tel: 1-616-391-2000

Habitat for Humanity International
270 Peachtree Street NW Suite 1300, Atlanta GA 30303
Tel: 1-800-422-4828

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