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Dean Crosby

Aug. 7, 1927-Feb. 27, 2009

Dean R. Crosby, 81, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, February 27, 2009 at his residence.

Dean R. Crosby was born to Harold and Johanna (Hanson) Crosby on Aug. 7, 1927 in Rolla, N.D. They moved to Bemidji when Dean was a young boy. He attended school in Bemidji and Blackduck, Minn., and from 1945-47, he served in the Army Air Force during World War II.

On Sept. 9, 1947 Dean married Jeannine Potter in Red Lake Falls, Minn. They lived in Detroit Lakes and Dean worked at the Amour Stockyards in West Fargo. They later moved to Grandin, N.D., where Dean worked for Radebough Farms, then moved back to Detroit Lakes, where he worked for Knutson Texaco. Dean then drove truck for Skelly Bulk and Momb Trucking of Detroit Lakes, and later owned and operated his own trucking business for 18 years.

After his retirement, Dean had a rural newspaper delivery route. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, and was a good mechanic, working on vehicles of all kinds. Dean was a member of the Jess-Omundson VFW Post 1676 in Detroit Lakes.

Surviving Dean are his wife Jeannine; four daughters, Pamela (Karl) Karlgaard of Clackamas, Ore., Faye (Stanley) Skarie, of Monticello, Minn., Joyce (Dale) Hendrickson of St. Michael, Minn., and Cynthia Crosby of Detroit Lakes; two sons, Richard Crosby of Marysville, Wash., and Mark Crosby of Detroit Lakes; daughter-in-law Shelly Crosby; 16 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; and one brother, Verle (Sharon) Crosby of Everett, Wash.

Preceding Dean in death were his parents; one son, Ernest Crosby; one brother, Allen Crosby; one sister, Hazel Rasmussen; and one daughter-in-law, Cheryl Crosby.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 6, at West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service.

Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7 at West-Kjos Funeral Home, with burial following at Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

Casket bearers will be Aaron Karlgaard, Michael Skarie, Bruce Skarie, Craig Crosby, Matthew Crosby, Brant Crosby, Jason Crosby and Ryan Crosby.

Honorary casket bearers will be Duane Eilertson, Ken Wagner, Robert Thompson and all of Dean's other grandchildren and great grandchildren.

West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes has been entrusted with the arrangements. Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the funeral home's online messages of sympathy section at