Dr. F. Joe Crosswhite, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2020 at the age of 90. Beloved husband of the late Dorothy Crosswhite; cherished son of the late Ollie and Sarah Crosswhite; devoted father of Kathy (Andy) James, Carol (Larry) Combs and Joe D. Crosswhite; loving grandfather of Michael (Lori) Crosswhite, Carrie (Bryan) Branson, Brian Combs, April Sparkman, Adam (Britni) Crosswhite and Kate (Geoff) Auslen; treasured great-grandfather of Zachary, Michelle, Brody, Annabelle, Claire, Wyatt, River, Alli, Andi and Cash; dear brother of Nell Jersak; uncle, cousin and friend to many. Joe is also preceded in death by five siblings.
Joe’s passion was education. He began his teaching career at Salem High School as a math teacher and became the class’s Teaching Mentor/Sponsor. Joe built a wonderful rapport with the students and kept in touch for over 65 years. He went on to receive his Doctorate at The Ohio State University and then became a Professor of Mathematics for over 25 years. Joe was a true Buckeye and loved going to many of the football games and events. He was an accomplished author, writing many mathematical textbooks and was the President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Joe later went on to be a Professor at Northern Arizona State University where he retired. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. Joe enjoyed golfing, bowling, going to the casino, but most of all he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved playing cards and different games and was quite competitive. In recent years, Joe documented his life through written stories which generations will cherish. His natural sense of humor carried him through any difficult time he faced. Joe was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Joe's name to The Community Foundation of the Ozarks - F. Joe Crosswhite Math and Science Scholarship Fund (425 E. Trafficway Springfield, MO 65806)