Robert Aden Crockford
1932 - 2019
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July 20, 1932 ˜ March 25, 2019

Robert Aden Crockford passed away peacefully on March 25, 2019 at the age of 86 at Persa Adult Family Home in Vancouver, Washington. He was born in Plainview, Nebraska to Earl and Lucy Crockford; and was the second of four brothers. The family moved from Nebraska in 1934 to Boring, Oregon; Kennewick, Raymond, and to Vancouver, Washington in 1942. Bob attended Felida Elementary School, Shumway Jr. High, and graduated from Vancouver High School in 1950. He met Maxine Moulton of Salmon Creek at intramural sports, and married his lifelong sweetheart Maxine in 1951. They started a family in 1952, having a son and two daughters. Maxine passed away in 2017 and now they are dancing their way through heaven!
Growing up on 20 acres in Felida, Bob was a member of 4-H and Future Farmers of America. He participated in a calf scramble and caught a calf that he raised. He continued farming on his 10 acres in Salmon Creek after being married. At that same time he and Maxine got involved in a life time of dancing.
Bob worked for Empire Rubber and Supply for 38 years, retiring in 1993. At Empire, Bob worked his way up to Vice President of sales and became one of the nation’s experts in conveyor systems and belting. In his later years at Empire, Bob went on the road accompanied by Maxine selling rubber products in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii prior to his retirement.
Throughout his life, Bob was an avid outdoorsman, including hunting, fishing, water and snow skiing that he greatly enjoyed with his family, relatives, and friends; and had many great stories to share.
Bob was very involved in his childrens education and sports. At Fort Vancouver and Hudson’s Bay, as a member of the Dads Club, he sat on the first parent, student and faculty committee to consider allowing female students to wear pants to school. At Hudson’s Bay, he was president of the Dads Club.
After his retirement, they joined the NE Eagles and renewed their dancing, learning to Polka dance. They participated in polka dances throughout US and Canada, and many Polka dance cruises too. Bob and Maxine took pleasure in camping, especially with family and relatives to Mount Rainier, traveling overseas to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and RVing to Yuma during the winter. In New Zealand, Bob bungee jumped off a 145 foot high bridge.
Bob is survived by son, Terry Crockford of Atlanta; daughters, Vicki Lowe of Brush Prairie and Marci Sloniker of Vancouver; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews who will miss his stories, humor and loving and warm personality.
The family wants to thank Claudia and Dan Persa of Persa Adult Family Home and Van Mall Retirement Community for the wonderful care of Bob over the past few years.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Bob at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Club Green Meadows, 7703 NE 72nd Avenue, Vancouver. Bring your favorite stories and wear Hawaiian attire in honor of Bob.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
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Published in The Columbian on Apr. 21, 2019.
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April 24, 2019
So many Happy Memories of both Bob and Maxine and their wonderful family. From Polka Cruises (many) and dances to helping plan the Family Happy Hawaii Anniversary trip for them, what an honor. Always a smile, often a funny story and many many hugs. You are so missed but know always remembered by those that you blessed. Donna and Andy Kroo
Donna Kroo
April 24, 2019
It was such a pleasure knowing Bob and Maxine. What a beautiful couple they were. So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. he will be truly missed by those of us who knew him and Maxine through dancing and cruises. Miss them both.
Jeanette Dunkin
April 22, 2019
Sad to learn this. We continue to remember both you and Maxine and all the good times dancing. Those were the fun years. Prayers for comfort for all the family members in their loss of a special person.
Rose and Ray Anderson
Rose Anderson
April 21, 2019
Dearest Uncle Bob, you truly were a remarkable man. You always put your family first and were very involved in all their activities. You were a good younger brother to my dad (which was the first of your brothers to go to heaven). He has waited a long time for all of the family to be united again. I am sure you were welcomed by them and Maxine with lots of love and tears. It is a very sad time with your passing but also a celebration of the life you led. I send hugs and sincere sympathy to Terry, Vicki, and Marci and their families. May you live in all our hearts and memories forever.
Tad and Cindy Casteel
April 21, 2019
What a great tribute to a great man. So thankful to have gotten to know him
Lori Crockford
April 21, 2019
I was sad to hear that Bob is gone. He was such a sweet man and dear friend to my Dad and Mom.
Martha Martin
April 21, 2019
Our family also grew up in Felida. We
are the Mayer family of 5 children, that lived close to Crockford's. Also, our Mother, Dorothy was very close to Bob's mother Lucy. My brother Stan and I visited with Bob many times at his home and enjoyed him very much. He was a likeable man and we always enjoyed him and his many stories. He will be missed. Sincerely, Wayne Mayer
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