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Richard Eli Crosby


Richard Eli "Dick" Crosby was born on Nov. 6, 1902 at Buckeye near Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, PA, the son of Lewis and Marietta (Minerd) Crosby. He was named in part for his maternal grandfather, Eli Minerd.

Dick married Bertha Miller (1905-1998), the daughter of John William and Myrtle (Loucks) Miller of Ruffsdale, PA.

Their two children were Richard Lewis Crosby and Betty L. Martin.

They lived at Mount Pleasant, in the building where Luther Grimm's funeral home later was established. At some point, they moved to a residence at 28 South Church Street in Mount Pleasant.

Richard was an electrician. He and his brother Francis worked together installing wiring in houses. He also worked as a "stationery engineer" (custodian) at Frick Memorial Hospital for 20 years. 

The Crosbys were members of the First United Methodist Church of Greensburg. Bertha was active in the American Legion Auxiliary.


Rare photograph of Mount Pleasant's Main Street Street


For the last two years of his life, Dick suffered from cancer of the rectum. He was admitted to Frick Memorial Hospital where he passed away at age 51 on March 27, 1954. He was buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. 

In 1954, the family moved to nearby Greensburg, Westmoreland County.

Bertha spent 44 years as a widow.

In her later years, she lived at the Greensburg Nursing and Convalescent Home. She died there on Nov. 1, 1998, and is buried beside her husband. 


~ Son Richard Lewis Crosby ~

Son Richard Lewis Crosby ( ? - ? ) resides in Greensburg.


~ Daughter Betty (Crosby) Martin ~

Daughter Betty Crosby (1926-2004) was born on July 22, 1926. 

She married (?) Martin ( ? - ? ).

They resided in Greensburg and had seven children -- Thomas Martin, Jeffrey Scott Martin, Gary W. Crosby Sr., Connie Tomb, J. Robert Crosby, Tammy Geer and Tracey Trew.

She was "employed by the Greensburg Care Center," said the Greensburg Tribune Review. "She also "had been a volunteer dispatcher for 15 years for the Mutual Aid Ambulance Service Inc., Greensburg."

She passed away at age 77 on March 30, 2004, with burial in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Rev. G.H. Trumbo officiated at the funeral service, held in the chapel of First United Methodist Church in Greensburg. She was survived by a dozen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Son Gary W. Crosby Sr. (1952-2012) was born on March 22, 1952 in Mount Pleasant. He married Kathryn L. "Kathy" Burnett ( ? - ? ), and their union lasted for four decades. They resided in Greensburg and were the parents of Gary W. Crosby Jr. Gary and his brother Jeffrey were employed as journeymen mould makers by Ross Mould Inc. in Washington, PA. The brothers enjoyed fishing and hunting and their membership in the Derry Rod and Gun Club. Gary died at home in Mount Pleasant at the age of 60 on Oct. 19, 2012. Following funeral services led by Rev. Floyd Thomas, the remains were lowered into repose in Twin Valley Memorial Park in Delmont. In an obituary in the Greensburg Tribune-Review, the family asked that any memorial donations be made to Animal Friends of Westmoreland.

Daughter Constance J. "Connie" Crosby ( ? - ? ) married Raymond "Ray" Tomb. Circa 2014, they made a home in Falconer, NY.

Son J. Robert Crosby wedded Cindy and resided in Greensburg.

Son Jeffrey Scott Martin (1960-2014) was born on April 10, 1960 in Greensburg. He was the father of Cory S. Martin. Jeffrey dwelled in Washington, PA in 2004 and later in Greensburg and was employed by Ross Mould Inc. of Washington, PA as a journeyman mold maker. In his spare time, he liked to hunt and fish and was a member of the Derry Rod and Gun Club. Sadly, Jeffrey passed away in Redstone Highlands in Greensburg at the age of 54 on July 29, 2014. An obituary was published in the Washington (PA) Observer-Reporter.

Daughter Tammy J. Crosby ( ? - ? ) was joined in wedlock with L. Scott Geer. They live in Greensburg.

Daughter Tracey L. Crosby ( ? - ? ) was united in matrimony with Gregg Trew. They dwell in Canonsburg, Washington County, PA.


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