Nov 18, 2019 10:03 PM

Dr. Robert J. Crownover, DDS, 88

Posted Nov 18, 2019 10:03 PM

Dr. Robert J. Crownover, DDS, went home to be with the Lord he loved and served on Thursday, November 14, 2019, age 88. Left to miss him and honor his life are his beloved wife, Beverly, as well as his sons Bruce (Anne) Bremer, MBA of Portsmouth, VA and Eric (Serena) Bremer of Alliance. Bob was a well-loved grandpa of Heather (Sean) Hall of Roca, NE and Heath (Jessie) Bremer of Seward, NE, as well as Jon Marquez of Hastings, NE and Daniel Marquez of Lincoln, NE. Bob was also blessed with six great-grandchildren, Eric and Maxim Hall, Holden, Brayden, Easten and Emersen Bremer. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Joyce and his sister, Patricia Erlewine.

He was a quiet, God-loving, and humble man of dignity and courage. A Korean-War era veteran, he was a member of the U.S. Navy Dental Corps. Bob received both his undergraduate and dental degrees from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He was honored by the Nebraska State Dental Association for 50 years’ service. 

Following retirement from his Alliance dental practice, he served as a dental missionary to Grenada, in the Caribbean. Bob traveled extensively from the Galapagos Islands, to Okinawa, to Hawaii, to his ancestral country of the Netherlands, and beyond. Among his many hobbies were gardening, land conservation of his property, RV travel, Cornhusker football, and household maintenance.

He was a strong Christian and a faithful 44-year member of the Hemingford United Methodist Church (HUMC). No task was too great or too small. His areas of service included: Board of Directors of Camp Norwesca, HUMC Pastoral Care Chairman, HUMC Adult Sunday School teacher, HUMC Chairman of Trustees, Nebraska Walk to Emmaus facilitator, and Lay Witness Weekends facilitator. Bob’s many personal ministries in less public settings were just as impressive. His quiet means of sculpting souls took us years to understand.

No tribute to Bob’s life would be complete without mention of his deep love for and happy marriage to Beverly. Aside from his love for God, his greatest treasure was his wife. They served together in nearly every ministry. Bev learned dental assisting, because he loved her near his side assisting once a week. Every day included prayer and a Bible lesson at the kitchen table, whether happily RV traveling or at home.

Well done good and faithful servant.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hemingford United Methodist Church. Pastor Esther Achi will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, the Crownover family would greatly appreciate donations to the Hemingford United Methodist Church Chair Lift Fund.

Online condolences may be left at Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.