Herman “Bob” Crookshank

Herman Robert Crookshank, 98, of Bryan, passed away on Friday, August 29, at the Crestview Retirement Center in Bryan. His family will receive guests during visitation at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory from 10 until 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 3. Military Honor graveside service will follow at 12:30 p.m. in Rest Ever Memorial Park. Life tribute ceremony services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory.

Herman Robert “Bob” Crookshank was born in Linneus, Missouri on June 7, 1916. He was the oldest of three sons born to Luther and Julia Crookshank. He graduated from Truman State University and the University of Iowa with a doctorate in Biochemistry and Biophysics. He served in the Army in World War II and retired as a Lt. Col. in the Army Reserve.

Bob taught at the Medical College of Alabama, Texas Tech and Texas A&M Universities. He served as Assistant Executive Secretary to the Division of Biology and Agriculture, National Research Council and retired as a Research Scientist, Agricultural Research Service and U. S. Department of Agriculture.

He enjoyed more than a third of his life in retirement, golfing daily into his nineties. His children, Lynred Hoepfner and her husband John of Bryan, Joyce Smith and her husband Steve of Boulder City Nevada and Patrick Ferreri and his wife Andrea of Carrollton, survive him. His grandchildren are Nikki Neighbors, Barbie Holt, Fritz Hoepfner, Robert Hoepfner, Marshall Hoepfner, Carolyn Ferreri, Isabella Ferreri and Julia Ferreri, with three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to Crestview Retirement/ MRC Foundation at http://www.mrcaff.org/donatation-page.aspx or Covenant Presbyterian Church at 220 Rock Prairie Road, College Station, TX 77845.


  1. 98 Years Old!!! What a blessing! My folks made it to 92 and 94, but your Dad outdid them all! Boy, it’s been a long time. I still appreciate him selling me that white car (was it a Chevy or a Pontiac?). And I still appreciate the lesson he taught me when I sold it before I had paid him off! 🙁 Crazy young’uns! Love to All! Patti Maddox Bright

  2. Celebrating the life of Bob is a joy! Stories of his generosity, his service, his care of family and praise of the God he knows and in whom Bob places his trust continue to circulate. I give thanks for Bob, for the life God gave him, and the life he gave to and for others.

  3. Joyce & Family- So sorry about your Dad. Wow, he lived to be 98! That is a long life. Hope we live that long, right? Joyce, would love to hear from you. I couldn’t make it to see you. Lets friend on Facebook. Again, sorry for you loss. B.

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