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Rev. Robert Emerson “Bob” Crofton, 85

Robert Emerson Crofton, 85 years, passed away in the early hours of Oct. 14, 2013 at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Mo., after a massive heart attack the day before.
Bob was born Nov. 16, 1927 near Lanark, Ill., to George and Elsie (Klenz) Crofton.
He had been a resident of Ava since the 1990s. He was a retired Lutheran minister, having served most recently as Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ava. He was a graduate of Carthage College and Luther Seminary.
On June 7, 1952 Bob and Anna Thomack were united in marriage in LaCrosse, Wisc., and to this union four sons were born.
Bob was very active in the local Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, singing groups, gardening and church activities.  He traveled frequently, maintaining close relationships with friends and relatives around the country. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Ava.
Bob was a pioneer in organic gardening, having practiced it for more than 50 years. He enjoyed history and a good laugh, and was known as a humble, gentle soul with a great deal of love and compassion, who truly practiced what he preached.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Marjorie, when she was 13 months old; and his wife, Anna, who passed away in 2009.
Bob is survived by four sons, James, Detroit, Mich., Luther, Princeton, N.J., Stephen, Paradise Valley, Ariz., and Mark, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.; seven grandchildren;  two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marian Rasmussen and Virginia Helms, both of Illinois; and one brother, Randy Crofton, also of Illinois; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Bob will be Saturday, Oct. 26 (a week from this Saturday) at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ava, Mo., with burial in the Ava Cemetery.
Visitation will be Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to service time, in the church. Officiating will be Pastor Wayne Strohschein.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church of Ava. Services are being conducted by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava.
Online condolences may be made at www.clinkingbeardfuneral