William H. Crose 1915 - 2007
William Howard "Bill" Crose, 92, died Dec. 28, 2007, in Cottonwood. He was born in Prescott to Otis P. and Mary L.B. Brose on May 28, 1915.
Bill married Helen Merle Acrey on July 29, 1939. He worked as a carpenter, a pipe fitter, a truck driver, and an engineer's assistant before moving his family to Clarkdale in 1943.
In Clarkdale, he was employed at the smelter by Phelps Dodge. When the smelter closed and Phelps Dodge sold the company houses, Bill continued working for Clarkdale Realty Co. and the Town of Clarkdale.
Bill was a member of the Clarkdale Volunteer Fire Department from 1950-1980. In the mid-'60s, Bill was made Fire Chief, a position he held until he retired from the Town and the Fire Department in 1980.
Bill lived in lower Clarkdale for 64 years. He lost his wife, Helen, in 1984 to cancer, after 45 years of marriage. During the last two years of his life, he was blessed to have his grandson Brandon and wife Melissa, live with and assist him.
Bill is survived by three daughters; Billie Jean Helm (Bill) of Camp Verde, Mary Linda Heydorn (Willie) of Clinton, Utah, and Debra Lee Pearson (Ron) of Clarkdale; two brothers Robert Crose (Erma), Ray Crose (Doris) and one sister Gracie Richards, all of Cottonwood. Bill also leaves 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
His family would like to share a "Celebration of Bill's Life," today, Jan. 4, 2 p.m., at Westcott Funeral Home on Mingus Avenue in Cottonwood.