Jess M. Crosley

Jess M. Crosley, 83, died Dec. 16, 2002, at Whidbey General Hospital following and extended illness.

He was born April 11, 1919, in Douglas, Wyo., to Charles H.B. Crosley and Katie Sinnema Crosley. He was one of 10 children and grew up in Wyoming, where his family had a homestead.

In the early 1940s Mr. Crosley moved to Alaska, where he served in the Army during World War II. 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 1970s, Mr. Crosley moved to Freeland and started his own business, Equipment Services Co., an operator of heavy equipment. He married Alaska Costlow in 1967. She preceded him in death in 1990.

He is survived by two sisters, Agnes May of Norwood, Mo., and Thelma Hurliman of McMinnville, Ore.; two daughters, Barbara Cargill and husband, Hugh, of Oak Harbor, and Janet O’Neal of Lansing, Mich.; 10 grandchildren, Ken and Elizabeth Cargill, Karen and Rob Seibel, Anna and Flindt Windom, Shelly and Barry Smith, and Douglas and Diane O’Neal; six great-grandchildren; stepchildren Jack and Ronald Costlow of Odessa, Donald Costlow of Chehalis, and W. and Karen Jackson of Bellingham.

Mr. Crosley was a life member of Local 360, a life member of the Pacific International Trapshooting Association, a member of the 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 was held Dec. 21 at the Freeland Cafe. Visser Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements and cremation.

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