Dwight F. Crosby

  • Born: July 19, 1931
  • Died: March 31, 2010
  • Location: Clarinda, Iowa

Tribute & Message From The Family

Funeral services for Rev. Dwight F. Crosby, age 78, of Clarinda, IA, who entered into peace Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at Goldenrod Manor, Clarinda, Iowa were held Monday, April 5, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend Ed Simmons officiating. Visitation with the family was held 5-7 p.m. Sunday, April 4 at the funeral home. Burial was in the Clarinda Cemetery, Clarinda Iowa Memorials may be directed to the Free Methodist Church, Clarinda. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Dwight Frank Crosby was born July 19, 1931 in Franklin County, NE to Fay Walter Crosby and Alice Maria (Burton) Crosby. The final five weeks of Dwight's life were spent at Goldenrod Manor Care Center. At the age of 78 years, Dwight peacefully entered into rest on March 31st, 2010 surrounded by the love of his family.

Dwight grew up around the Franklin and Red Cloud, NE area, attending several country schools. He attended three years of high school in Cowles, Nebraska and attended his senior year in Gravity, IA where he graduated. After high school, Dwight attended Bethel College in Mishawaka, IN, where he became a minister. On August 3, 1952, Dwight married the love of his life, Grace Yoder. To this union, they were blessed with three children, Rex, Rose and Richard. Dwight earned his living by spreading the word of the Lord. His first preaching assignment was in LeMars, Iowa, where he pastored for one year at the Free Methodist Church. His next assignment would lead him to Boone, Iowa where he preached for three years. In 1958, he and Grace, along with their children moved to Clarinda, Iowa where Dwight preached for ten years at the Clarinda Free Methodist Church. The Lord spoke to him and told him he had another purpose in life - that was to spread the love of God to young men. This led him to starting up the Crosby Group home where he and Grace mentored and loved "their boys" for twenty years. The Crosby Group Home was truly his passion and his love for helping others showed by the difference he made in the lives of so many. During this time, Dwight also was a school bus driver, driving bus #2 for the Clarinda Community School System. He later returned to the Church, where he pastored for another ten years. He retired for the first time for a five year stint and later returned for another nine year period. Due to his illness, he retired from his church for the final time in January, 2008.

Preceding Dwight in death are his mother and father, sister, Dorothy Dietz, and brother, Donald Crosby.

Left to cherish his memory are he and Grace's children, Rex Crosby and wife Vicki, Rose and Ed Simmons and Richard and Alice Osborn, all of Clarinda, his sister, Doris Purcell and husband Ed of Olathe, Kansas, his brother-in-law, Alfred Dietz of AZ, sister-in Law, Eula Johnson of Alma, NE, six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and several other fine young men who were ultimately their "sons."

Condolence & Memory Journal

Dwight i will miss you my prayers go out to your family Grace iremember all the good times i had at the group home from 75-79 dwight was very kind your family helped me in my time of need Rex played Othelo with me and we talked and you would sit down and talk to me if i had a problem and Jim Durnin help to you as well grace you were all kind to me so i thank you all wish i had know of Dwights passing at the time i would have loved to be there for him as he was for me

My Best Wishes to you and your Family
Clifford Price

Posted by clifford price - MISSOURI VALLEY, IA - Family Friend   April 14, 2017

They say that one should speak good of the dead.

Dwight Crosby is dead.


Posted by A victim of the Crosby Group Home - IA   May 19, 2011

Grace and Family--Was out of town and learned of your loss when I got back. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Michael Kovar    April 07, 2010

Grace and family--I thank God for having been a collegue of his in minstry. I appreciated his determination to keep carrying on inspite of his health. I respect highly one of your "boys", John Harrell, who was my Superintendent, when we moved to Iowa.

Posted by Garth Betry    April 05, 2010

I will miss Dwight and his smile in the mornings.He was a wonderful man and will be missed greatly.

Posted by Becky Ripley    April 04, 2010

Grace - my prayers for comfort reach out to you and your family. Dwight was so important in my Mom and Dad's church life. I know Elma and Walter and Francis are celebrating with Dwight and Jesus this Easter. May God bring peace to each of you as you remember your wonderful life together.

Posted by Garland Fickess    April 04, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during your time of loss. I have fond memories of both you and Rex.

With Love,
Melissa (Kovar)Dragoo

Posted by Melissa Dragoo    April 04, 2010

Always enjoyed the times I attended the Free Methodist Church and listened to Dwight preach. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time.

Posted by Diane Adams    April 03, 2010

Just remembering back when I lived in Clarinda and was friends with Rex and met your Dad. A nice man and a wonderful family! May God cover you all with his peace beyond understanding, and comfort you during your loss.

Posted by Dave Johnston    April 03, 2010

Crosby family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. It is hard to say goodbye but also at the same time being at peace knowing our loved ones are with the Lord.

Posted by Charles and Lora Hicks    April 02, 2010

Grace & Family...We were so sorry to hear about Dwight. He was a wonderful christian man who touched so many lives along the way. Cherish your memories and know that Dwight is celebrating with Jesus and preparing for the day he will see you all again. Our love and prayers go out to all of you.
Bob and Julie McNett

Posted by Julie McNett    April 01, 2010

Rex and Vickie and families, I became acquainted with Dwight when we served on the low-rent board. What a wonderful man he was. I will keep your family in my prayers. Joan

Posted by Joan E. Archer    April 01, 2010

Rose and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you at this difficult time.
God Bless you.....

Posted by Phil & Pat Jorgensen    April 01, 2010

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Dwight was a special man who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. May God's speed bring you peace and comfort and leave only memories of the good times you shared.

Posted by Michelle & Gary Walter    April 01, 2010

Grace, Rex, Rose and families- Dwight was a wonderful man and I will never forget him! He played a huge part in my Christian life...I was saved at Free Methodist Church. In the later years, I always enjoyed seeing Grace and Dwight shopping at Hy-Vee :) Dwight was a blessing on earth as well as he is a blessing to God in Heaven. As hard as it is to say goodbye, it is ALWAYS a comfort to know that your loved one is in Heaven celebrating! My thoughts and prayers are with you all....

Posted by Trudy Adams Fidler    April 01, 2010

My prayers and thoughts are with you.Dwight touched so many people lives, was a wonderful mentor.
God welcomed Dwight with arms wide opened and said
God bless you and be with you.
Viv Gibson

Posted by viv gibson    March 31, 2010

Rose and family... words can't express the sorrow in my heart I feel for you at this difficult time in your lives...Be angry when necessary, cry when you need to, but let the memories make you feel joy in remembering the wonderful man he was and the times you shared together... In Loving Friendship..Connie Spring

Posted by Connie Spring    March 31, 2010

Grace, He is now complete and living with Jesus. What a marvelous man, husband, father, grandfather, sports fan and minister Dwight was. he lives on with all he touched. Peace to the family always.

Posted by Ginny & Vaughn Hiaring    March 31, 2010

To the family,God has taken one of his best home. Dwight did his job well and know he will have his reward.He will be missed . Are prayers are with you all.

Posted by Beverly Wallace and famil Are pra    March 31, 2010