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Robert Nathan Crossman, Jr (Bob) passed away Thursday, July 7, 2016 at his home surrounded by family. He was born in Garland, Texas on February 4, 1927 to Robert Nathan Crossman, Sr. and Beatrice Anderson Crossman. His parents soon moved to Jacksonville, Texas to open the new A & P grocery store. Nathan, as he was known in his youth, attended public schools in Jacksonville. He graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1944. He attended and earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The Rice Institute in 1948. He was soon employed by Houston Power and Lighting as an engineer. In 1950 Bob joined the United States Air Force. After completing officer training school, he served in the 3rd Communications Construction Squadron in Alaska where he was responsible for radio systems engineering and construction at radar installations. Following his military service, he worked for RCA Service Co. in Japan supporting the U.S. 1885th AACA I & M Squadron in Japan - Global Communications. Returning to Texas, Bob was hired by Garret Oil Tools as Supervisor of automation engineering, designing and supervising the manufacturing of automatic oilfield control equipment. He moved to Houston to be employed by Rolo Manufacturing Company as their Sales and Automation Development Engineer. He joined Chance Vought Aircraft where he was Instrumentation Chief for the Flight Test Program of Inertial Navigation for Missile Controls. He returned to Jacksonville in 1958 where he was a consulting engineer and the owner of several businesses in the Jacksonville area. Bob worked for the Texas Health Department and became well known by East Texas water system operators as he helped them solve problems with their water systems. His interest in environmental air quality led him to employment with the University of Texas Health Science Center in Tyler, and later in teaching courses on asbestos testing and remediation. He was also active in the development of regulations under the Texas Asbestos Health Protection Act and the Federal Asbestos Health Emergency Response Act. He retired from active practice of professional engineering in 2009.
In 1957 Bob married Barbara Ann Hoover of El Dorado, Arkansas Bob was always involved in the raising of their three children and proud of their accomplishments. Bob was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church. He served the church in numerous ways including teaching the Susanna Wesley Class for several years and head of the Youth Department. Following in his father's footsteps, he was a member of Kiwanis Club and served as the Lt. Governor of the Texas-Oklahoma District in 1975. As a young boy he joined the Cub Scouts and advanced through Boy Scouts. In later years, he became an assistant scoutmaster for Troup 407. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Jacksonville for 62 years.
He is survived by his wife Barbara Hoover Crossman; sons Robert and wife Susie, Charles and wife Lisa, and daughter Ann; grandchildren Sarah, Nathan, Emily and Ryan.
In lieu of flowers you may send donations to the Retina Foundation of the Southwest. Dallas Texas or the Lighthouse for the Blind in Tyler Texas or other organizations of your choice. The family wishes to thank the staffs of Genesis Home Health, Visiting Angels and Hospice Plus for their loving care and support.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 1:30 in the afternoon at Autry Funeral Home Chapel, Jacksonville.
Published on July 15, 2016
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