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Robert "Bob" L. Crosby

February 22, 1954 ~ June 24, 2020 (age 66)

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Robert “Bob” L. Crosby, 66, of Orion, was surrounded by his family when he died on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City.  The funeral service will be live-streamed at 1 pm Sunday, June 28, 2020 by visiting  A public memorial visitation will take place from 1-4 pm Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island.  Bob loved race day, the family requests all those who attend to wear your favorite racing shirt.  As of June 26, gatherings of 50 people are being allowed at one time at the funeral home.  The funeral home will be monitoring the capacity limits and allowing people in accordingly.  For everyone’s safety, please wear masks.  Inurnment will be private at Memorial Park Cemetery, Rock Island.  Memorials may be made in care of QC Paws.

Bob was born in Rock Island, Ill. on February 22, 1954, a son of Richard and Charlene Bell Crosby.  He married Robin Fordham in Rock Island in 1976 and together they had three children.

Bob worked for several companies throughout his career including Farmall, Williams Buick, Kone and Case IH.  He was currently working for Uniflyte in Orion.

Bob was a member of the American Motorcycle Association.  He had a need for speed and raced cars and motorcycles as number 73.  He was a five-time A.M.A. District 17 champion.  Bob was considered a mechanical genius who could fix anything.  Bob was a huge fan of Harris Pizza and Maid Rite which was always washed down with an ice cold Cherry Pepsi.  He was a tremendous host of many pool and family Christmas parties.  He loved spending time with family and was the best Poppy a grandchild could ask for. 

Survivors include his children, Amber (Mark) Logue, Colona, Ill., Jason (Karlyn) Crosby, Coal Valley along with their mother, Robin Crosby, Rock Island; Poppy of Michelle Crosby, Izzy Logue and Ava Crosby; parents, Richard and Charlene Crosby, Rock Island; siblings, June (Dan) McIntire, Moline, Sue (Brad) Fritz, Coal Valley, Dave (Tina) Crosby, Rock Island and Donna (Tom) Hunsinger, Groveland, Fla.; a host of nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews; and his beloved cat.

He was preceded in death by his infant son, Robby Crosby.


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June 27, 2020

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory
3030 - 7th Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201

Live broadcast and streamed funeral
June 28, 2020

1:00 PM
Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory
3030 - 7th Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201

Video is available for this event

Private Interment

Rock Island Memorial Park Cemetery
4205 30th St
Rock Island, IL 61201

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