ELIZABETHTON — Dr. Robert D. Croyle III, O.D., 31, of Elizabethton, Tennessee, formerly of Knox, passed from this life to the next on Dec. 25, 2011, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va.
Born December 21, 1980, in Clarion, he was the son of Robert D. and Brenda L. Amsler Croyle III of Knox.
Bob was a 1999 graduate of Keystone High School, a 2003 graduate of Clarion University of Pa., with a B.S. in biology, and a 2007 graduate of Indiana University School of Optometry with a Doctorate in Optometry.
He was employed by Dr. Torrey J. Carlson & Associates in Elizabethton, Tenn. Bob was a member of the Northeast Tennessee Optometric Society (NETOS), American Optometric Association, Indiana University Optometric Student Association, and was president of Tri-Beta National Honor Society.
He enjoyed playing guitar, photography, hunting, fishing, skiing, travel, mountain biking, camping, Steelers football and cookouts with family and friends.
In addition to his parents, Bob is survived by a brother, Nathan C. Croyle and his wife Deena L. of Sligo; his paternal grandmother, Delores Jane Croyle of Clarion; aunts Lisa Amsler and husband Patrick of Knox, Rhonda Troup and husband Terry of Knox, Cheri Lewis and husband Tim of Sligo; cousins, Caroline Troup, Gina Mayers, Dana Smith, Krystal and Hunter Radaker; girlfriend Allison Muraski; his special Tennessee family and coworkers, especially the Muraski family; and his dog Tank, cat Agnes and snake Salem.
Bob was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Ronald and Lois Amsler, paternal grandfather Robert D. Croyle, Sr., and his best friend Adam Haire.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at the David C. McEntire Funeral Home, Inc., 504 East Penn St., Knox.
Funeral services will be held in the funeral home at 1:00 p.m. Friday with Pastor Tom Young, of the Williamsburg Community Bible Church, officiating.
Interment will follow at St. Mark’s Chapel Cemetery, St. Mark’s Road, Knox.
There will be a memorial service at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 3, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Elizabethton.