John R. Crossland, 79

John R. Crossland, 79, of Lewes, Del., formerly of Claymont, Del., passed away on Friday, July 21, 2017, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del. He was born on March 1, 1938, in Wilmington, Del., son of the late John Richard Crossland III and the late Marion (Corse) Crossland.

Crossland was a graduate of Claymont High School and retired from the Brandywine School District in 1983. He and his wife, Priscilla, moved from Claymont to Lewes in 2014. He was active with the DeMolay International and a lifetime member of the Oriental Lodge #27 A.F. & A.M. Masonic Lodge in Wilmington. He volunteered his time with Greyhound Adoptions of Florida Northeast Chapter, where he fostered more than 50 greyhounds. He was also a member of the NRA and enjoyed fishing, boating, camping and playing cards.

In addition to his parents, Crossland was preceded in death by his daughter Kimberly C. Bringle. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Priscilla (Robertson) Crossland; a daughter, Keri M. Erbe and her husband, Thomas, of Lewes; a sister, Marion Hogan of Wilmington; a son-in-law, Richard Bringle of Wilmington; and two granddaughters, Dana Underwood and her husband, Michael, of Raleigh, N.C., and Megan R. Erbe of Lewes.

A funeral service and interment were scheduled for July 27, 2017, at Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the Greyhound Adoptions of Florida; P.O. Box 955; Sparr, FL 32192. Condolences may be sent online at