Richard Earl Crosson

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Richard Earl “Dick” Crosson, 84, of Holyoke, Mass., passed away Saturday, January 19, 2013.


He was born March 24, 1928, in Houston, a son of the late Earl and Margaret Carter Crosson.


Mr. Crosson graduated from Chartiers Township High School in 1946, where he participated in football and wrestling.


Following high school, he served his country in the U.S. Army Air Force.


He received a bachelor’s degree in education from Springfield College.


Mr. Crosson was employed as a social studies teacher for many years and owned and operated Scott’s Driving School in Holyoke.


He also worked for the State Department of Education in adult education, retiring in 1962. After retirement, he became active in teaching fife and drums for many years with the Spirit of ’76 of Holyoke, Hampshire Rebels, Springfield Kiltie Band, Eighth Volunteers, Warehouse Point Senior and Juniors and the Hatfield Ancients. He marched with the 801 Drum and Bugle Corps and taught with Holyoke Fire Department Kiltie Band and Holyoke Caledonian Pipe Band.


He will be dearly missed by his family, friends and the drum corps community.


Surviving are his loving wife of 65 years, Barbara Cormier Crosson; three children, Scott Crosson (Linda), Joy Poggi Keough (Peter) and Robin Niemitz (Stephen); a brother, George Ronald Crosson; a sister, Charlotte Sroka; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.


He also leaves behind close family members Loretta McLaughlin and Rita Smiddle, and a good friend, Charlie Bennet.


Deceased are a brother, Robert Crosson; a sister, Shirley Engel; and a cousin, Ron Smiddle.


Family and friends are invited to the funeral service with military honors at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 24, in the Chapel at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main Street, Agawam, Mass. There will be no calling hours. Colonial Forastiere Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. Donations may be made in Mr. Crosson’s memory to Alzheimer’s Association, 264 Cottage Street, Springfield, MA 01104, or Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104-2396.


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