Jess Crossley

Jess M. Crosley, 83, died Dec. 16, 2002 at Whidbey General Hospital following and extended illness. He was born April 11, 1919 in Douglas, Wyoming to Charles H.B. Crosley and Katie Sinnema Crosley. He grew up in Wyoming where his family had a homestead. He was one of 10 children. All preceded him in death except for two sisters. Agnes May of Norwood, Mo. and Thelma Hurliman of McMinnville, Ore.

In the early 1940s, Mr. Crosley moved to Alaska where he served in the Army during World War 11. While in Alaska he met and married Patricia Cooper. After his discharge from the Army he worked for the city of Anchorage for a number of years as a welder. Years later he worked as a draftsman and supervisor for Chemico on the Kenai Peninsula.

In the early ‘70s, Mr. Crosley moved to Freeland. There he stared his own business, Equipment Services Co., operations of heavy equipment. He married Alaska Costlow in 1967, she precedes him in death in 1990.

Mr. Crosley is survived by two daughters, Barbara Cargill and husband Hugh of Oak Harbor and Janet O’Neal of Lansing, Mich.; five grandchildren, Ken and Elizabeth Cargill, Karen and Rob Seibel, Anna and Flindt Windom, Shelly and Barry Smith, Douglas and Diane O’Neal; six great-grandchildren; and his step-children Jack Costlow of Odessa, Ronald Costlow of Odessa, Donald Costlow of Chehalis, and Karen Jackson of Bellingham.

Mr. Crosley wa a life member of Local 360, life member of the Pacific International Trapshooting Association, member of Holmes Harbor Rod and Gun Club and member of the Eagles. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed many hobbies. He was accomplished in woodcarving specializing in carving gunstocks.

A memorial gathering will be held in his honor at Freeland Cafe in Freeland Saturday, Dec. 21, from 2-4 p.m. Arrangements and cremation were entrusted to Visser Funeral Chapel of Langley.

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