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Roy Conrad Croskrey
06/28/1931 — 03/09/2023
From Richland, WA | Born in Oakville, IAWatch Graveside Service
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Roy Conrad Croskrey
Roy Conrad Croskrey of Richland, WA went peacefully into the arms of Jesus on March 9, 2023.
Roy was born on June 28, 1931 to Robert and Verna Croskrey in Oakville, Iowa. He had one older brother, Robert. The family moved to Montana when Roy was 2 years old and resided there until eventually moving to Wenatchee, WA after the start of WWII.
After high school, Roy attended Seattle Pacific College and then Northwest Nazarene College where he met his wife, Katherine. They were married on June 4th of 1958. They had 5 sons and moved several times within the Northwest, eventually settling in Richland.
In his testimony Roy wrote, “I really had not much purpose in life until the summer between my Jr. and Sr. year of high school when I had a wakeup call from God. He drew me out of the world and to Himself and the Lord Jesus became real to me and my whole perspective of life changed. From then on my goal was to know Christ and to make Him known.”
He was faithful to that goal. Over the years he held Bible studies and led people to the Lord. To many he was the first example of Jesus’ love they had ever experienced which gave them a desire to know Christ themselves. For others he spurred them on and helped mold them into true followers of Christ. Everyone who knew him was quickly drawn to his love for the Lord and others. Diligently studying God’s Word, he was always ready to give an answer to those who asked a reason of the hope within him. He was a spiritual leader to his family and friends, always willing to share his wisdom with them.
Roy said, “My hope and prayer is that my family will continue to walk with the Lord Jesus and maintain the vision to reach the world for Christ.”
Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lincoln Croskrey, his mother, Verna Croskrey, his brother Robert Croskrey, and his nephew, Robert Croskrey. He is survived by his wife, Katherine, his children, Stephen (Janet), Nathan (Veronica), David (Kammi), Mark (Cheryl), and Tom (Theresa) Croskrey; 17 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; nephews and nieces.
There will be a memorial service at Sunset Gardens, Richland, WA at his graveside, on March 16, 2023 at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Roy to Samaritan’s Purse.
Roy probably had a greater impact on my life for spiritual growth than anyone else except for my wife and parents. As a young college friend Roy got me memorizing God’s Word more than I ever had before and helped me to make it a lifelong habit. He taught me the importance of writing in my Bible to remind me of things the Lord had shown me in the Word. Being a draftsman, he taught me to use a Rapidograph for neat and waterproof marking in my Bibles, which I still do to this day.
We did a lot of things together like hunting and fishing, but always throughout any adventure he was always mindful to point out the excellencies of our God . . . in nature, in His providential care in our lives, in trusting Him for the future, His guidance for our path, and on and on.
The hospitality of Roy and Kathy’s home was amazing in its genuine warmth and sincerity.
Roy was “a giant among men.” One of the greatest men I ever knew. An unforgettable friend.
Oh, also, of interest to the guys, once when we were hunting mule deer in the Owyhee Mts. of Idaho, Roy shot a huge buck, only to discover that another huge buck was standing behind the first one and he killed both of them with one shot using a .308 with a 180 gr Remington CoreLokt bullet.
How ’bout that?
Dear Katherine, Stephen, Nathan, David, Mark, Tom, and all the rest of the Croskrey family, What a life well lived to the glory of God your beloved Roy demonstrated! He led your family well with his strength of character through his solid faith in Jesus as his Savior. At our own wedding’s receiving line, Roy gripped Tony’s hand and instead of something flowery, he said, “Stay in the Word” while looking at him straight in the eyes ~ and that powerful statement stuck with my husband all of our now 41 years of marriage. I praise God that Roy raised his five sons well and that each leads their families well. Roy’s testimony is so beautiful on his own obituary, and certain to mark his own family for generations to come! So for the family reading this, I pray that you will be comforted by the very same loving Father God who created Roy when your heart is aching. And also that you would continue Roy’s legacy by following closely in his footsteps being an image-bearer of our great God and Savior the rest of your days. The forever reunion will be glorious.
With love, Tony & Kathy (Compton) Pinkham
Roy loved the Lord Jesus and the Word of God. He is with the Lord and all is well. May the God of hope fill your hearts with peace as you sorrow for your loved one. The Croskrey family has been a blessing and joy to us for many years. God bless you all.
Mike and Karen Gilchrist
We are so sorry to learn of the loss of your dear father. I always looked forward to seeing him and Katharine at church, and a quick chit chat.
We know he will be missed by your large, lovely family, but it is clear to see that his faithfulness and steadfastness has been shared and carried out to his offspring.
As you grieve, know that our prayers are with you all.
What a precious and faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Roy has truly left a legacy of faith and love here on earth through his family, and the lives he touched for Jesus, as well as the souls he reached for eternity. Earth’s loss is Heaven’s gain. “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. ”
Roy Conrad Croskrey