William (Bill) Crosby, 96, of Rancho Cordova, CA, passed away on April 1st, 2023 after a brief battle with Old Age. After making his final joke and faced with the prospect of getting old he chose to pass into the Eternal Love of Jesus Christ. Bill was born on March 1st, 1927 in Heber Springs, Arkansas to Howard and Emily Crosby. Times were tough in those days and he had to pick cotton to buy school clothes and school books. He would mostly go barefoot in the fall to save his shoes for the winter. His mother used flour sacks to make underwear and shirts. At age 17 Bill left the farm in AR and went to Memphis, TN. First job was a truck tire builder with Firestone Tire. He then moved to Portland , OR where he harvested walnuts, worked as a tree faller and logging, insurance salesman, tailored clothing salesman, radio announcer, and a meat cutter, among many other jobs. He also visited the Grand Ole Opry backstage in Nashville, TN where he was a guest on the
radio station and met famous country musicians. He went on to front his own dance band playing in dance halls until he has inducted into the U.S. Army as a Chief Food Technician. After 2 years serving in the Army he received an honorable discharge. He met and married Edna Mae Foth and they had 5 children together from 1955-1964. He worked most of his career for the US Dept of Agriculture as a plant grader of Eggs, and Poultry products living in Los Angeles, Ca. He was promoted to Asst. Federal State Supervisor in Southern California and Arizona. He was later transferred to Sacramento. Bill had a deep love for boats, fishing and the ocean. He owned several sail and power boats. He continued to live in Sacramento after retirement, orchard farming , building computers, wine making, electronics, Craigslist haggler, music, church usher, and on and on. The story goes that he retired 3 times, buts its doubtful he ever retired. Bill touched all of our hearts with his quick wit. He loved to make people laugh, or maybe make us say “huh?”. If he told you the joke twice it was because he wanted to hear it again. An Amazing man with an incredible legacy. Gone but never forgotten. Bill is preceded in death by his father Howard, his mother Emily, 1 child, 3 grandchildren. He is survived by his 5 children, Renee, Greg, Mark, Michelle and Danelle. His 13 grandchildren,18 great grandchildren, brothers Harold, and Harry.
1 Corinthians 15:51-52
Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment in the twinkling
of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
Let not your hearts be troubled: Ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many
mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a
place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am , there ye may be also.
Viewing will be on April 12th, 2023 from 3-4 pm at Price Funeral Home 6335 Sunrise Blvd, Citrus Heights, CA 95610.
Funeral service will be held on April 13th, 2023 , 11 am at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery 5810 Midway Rd, Dixon, CA 95620.
(please arrive 30 mins prior)
All services in honor of William Crosby will be for immediate family only.
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