Dr. Robert Dils Crooks

Dr. Robert Dils Crooks, 91, of Parkersburg, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at his residence.

He was born in Parkersburg, June 3, 1922, a son of the late Dr. Edwin W. Crooks and Rebecca (Dils) Crooks.

Dr. Crooks was a Pediatrician in Parkersburg for over 40 years. He was a staff member at St. Joseph’s Hospital where he was Chief of Staff. He also served as a staff member at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital. He graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and was on the varsity Fencing Team. He received his MD from the University of Cincinnati and served his internship and Pediatric Residency at the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Crooks was a Ships Surgeon on the Grace Line. He was a Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the American Medical Association, and served as President of the Parkersburg Academy of Medicine.

He served on several professional boards and organizations, including a charter member of the Wood County Historic Landmarks Commission, member of the Wood County Bicentennial Commission, was appointed by the Governor to the State Archives and History Commission, and received the Spirit of Wood County Award. Dr. Crooks shared two passions, artistry and history. His artistic compositions focused on historical buildings and detailed landscapes. His historical interests included the Civil War Era and Wood County. He was also a former Rotarian.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Gloria (Ballengee) Crooks; three sons, Robert Dils Crooks, Jr. (Theresa) of Snowshoe, W.Va., Thomas Jackson Crooks (Leslie) of Marietta, Ohio, and James Stuart Crooks of Richmond, Va.; a daughter, Rebecca Dils Crooks of Parkersburg; six grandchildren, Amanda (Steve), Kerry (Rick), Jonathan (Megan), Sarah (Justin), Ally and Hannah; eight great-grandchildren, Aaron, Avery, Erin, Lilly, Jackson, Alivia, Jackson and Samual; a brother, H.N. Crooks; and a sister, Catherine Crooks Roberts. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Edwin W. Crooks; and a daughter-in-law, Susie Smith Crooks.

Services will be Friday, 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, with Dr. Damon Rhodes and Dr. Tim Allen officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, 5-8 p.m., at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

Memorial gifts may be made to The Parkersburg Art Center, The Parkersburg Community Foundation for the Putnam-Houser House, The Memorial Fund at First United Methodist Church, or Housecalls-Hospice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.leavittfuneralhome.com