Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Oliver Rufus Crosswhite

Greene County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

End of Watch Saturday, January 2, 1932

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Oliver Rufus Crosswhite

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Crosswhite.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 22, 2020

Ollie Crosswhite was the cousin of my grandfather. He is buried in the Brighton Cemetery and every year my daughter and I put an American flag and flowers on his grave. Ours are the only decorations every year. I would like his family to know he is not forgotten.

Nancy Ellis
Second cousin

July 31, 2019

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 8, 2018

Your service and dedication are remembered some 80 years after. The sacrifice you made will not be forgotten. I grew up with stories about you my grandmothers uncle who gave his life doing his job. It inspired me to take the same path. One day on the other side maybe we will compare stories. RIP

Corporal John Krempa
Boise County Sheriff's Office (great great nephew)

January 5, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 80th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect, not even 80 years.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 2, 2012

We were asked for school to interview an elder for a story about history. I asked my family who I should interview. My parents told me about my great great grandfather. It's sad that my great grandpa or my poppy Keith(my grandfather) have all passed away and couldn't be the ones to tell me our families stories. I am proud of my great great grandfather Ollie and the sacrifice he made for our community. He left behind 6 children and a wife that day, to insure the safety of others.
I also think it is funny to hear others that I have never met talk about the Crosswhite nose lol but am glad that it has been passed on (skipping me and my siblings). Who knew there were so many Crosswhites...My great grandfather had the nose, my poppy Keith had the nose. My father Troy has the nose and so does his brother and sister..
I love you great great grandpa Ollie RIP and thanks again for serving our community.

Morgan Danielle Crosswhite
great great grandaughter

September 13, 2010

This was my great great grandfather also. I think it is great what he did, and am proud to call him family. Thanks to everyone leaving comments on this. It means a lot to the family.

L. Dilley
Great Great Grandaughter

March 17, 2010

I heard the stories of my Great Great Grandfather and I am so proud to call him part of my family. My family members always talk about the "Crosswhite nose" well seeing him and looking at my mother, aunts and grandmother I see the beautiful relation in bone structure and the look of strength in their faces.

N Brown
Great great Grand Daughter

February 8, 2008

May you always rest in peace knowing that you will always be remembered, just as a true hero should be.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

January 2, 2008



December 30, 2007

The Ozarks has not forgotten despite the long span of years since your death nor will we.


Vanessa Foster
Springfield Resident

April 8, 2007

Your valiant and courageous efforts are not forgotten. Thank you for your bravery and commitment to the badge. You are truly a hero.

A Relative of Officer Robert Stanze

January 2, 2007

It is wonderful to know that there is a page like this to pay respects to our heroes. As the great-grandaughter of Ollie Crosswhite and the wife of a police officer, I am proud to see our law enforcement officers honored and remembered.

Carrie B.
great grandaughter

July 10, 2006

God bless you and your family at your sacrfice and dedication.

St. Louis City Police

August 8, 2004


Each day I try to read the ODMP. Today I read your story. Any officer who dies in the line of duty will always be remembered for his sacrafice. You died a hero. Rest in peace sir.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

May 10, 2004


I had a chance to meet your son, Freddie Joe, a few months ago.

The calaboose -- the city lockup where you took prisoners, now houses a Community Oriented Policing substation and department history museum.

Your son and some friends came to tour the calaboose. I recognized him as soon as he walked in because he looks just like pictures I've seen of you.

Joe is 72 now. Although he was only two when you were killed, your family and friends obviously made sure he knew his father, if only through their memories of you. And he was kind enough to share those memories with me. By the time he left, it was almost as if you had visited yourself. I think you'd be proud of the man I met that day.

Gail DeGeorge, Volunteer
Springfield Police Department

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