Robert Michael Crosby


August 6, 1950 - October 10, 2023

On October 10, 2023, Robert “Bob” Michael Crosby passed away at his home in Hot Springs, S.D. Proceeding him in death were his parents, Leonard and Margret Nielsen Crosby of Friday Harbor, Wash., and his parents-in-law, Andy and Neva Boekhout, of Hot Springs.

Bob was born on August 6, 1950, in Friday Harbor. He was the youngest of four children, and is survived by his three older sisters: Karen Lichtenwalter, of Waterville, Maine, and Wendy Emmons and Marilyn Crosby, of Maple Valley, Wash. They were all raised on San Juan Island, in the Puget Sound. Bob graduated from Friday Harbor High School in 1968, where he was editor of the school yearbook and a forward on the varsity basketball team. He was also the leader of the locally famous bands, the Night Raiders and What’s Left? After serving two years in the U.S. Army and attending carpentry and fishery school he worked on his father’s commercial fishboat, plying the waters across the Puget Sound. 

Bob married Amy Boekhout on May 15, 1976, and together they raised three children. When Bob’s parents passed and Washington’s fishing industry declined, he moved with his family to Hot Springs, to be closer to Amy’s family. For twenty years, he operated his own siding company, building houses all over the Black Hills. He was a wonderful father and grandfather, always happy to tell a story, play catch, or give life lessons on history, or how to be a good person. Bob loved games, and never missed a chance to play and socialize with family and friends. Most of all, he was a loving husband, always supportive of his wife, and her work as a registered nurse. 

He is survived by the love of his life, and wife of 47 years, Amy Crosby, and their three children, Jess Crosby of Seattle, Wash., Leonard Crosby of Berkeley, Cali., and Camilla Crosby, of Rapid City; as well as two grandchildren, Samantha and Liam Crosby. 

Per Bob’s final wishes, a funeral service was held Friday, October 20, 2023, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, S.D. 

Arrangements were placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs, S.D.

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