William L. Crossan, Jr.
April 2, 1926 – July 30, 2011
Mr. William L. “Bill” Crossan, Jr., age 85, of Newark, DE, passed away on Saturday, July 30, 2011, at the Christiana Hospital after a short illness.
Born on April 2, 1926, in Wilmington, DE, Mr. Crossan was the son of the late William L. Crossan, Sr. and Josephine V. (Staszesky) Crossan. He was a graduate of Newark High School, Class of 1944. Bill was a WWII veteran who served in the U.S. Army in the Asiatic Pacific Theater as a field repeaterman (wire communications systems), Technician Fifth Grade, in the 58th Signal Battalion. A portion of his military time was served in the Army occupation of Japan. Following his discharge, he worked for several local businesses, including Boulden Oil in Newark. Most recently, he retired in 1996 from the former Iron Hill Pallet Company on Elkton Road, where he worked for over thirty years.
Bill was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was happiest when he was helping his family. He was known for being an excellent handyman and could fix almost anything. In his spare time he enjoyed woodworking and spent many hours crafting furniture and cabinetry pieces for his family. He also took great pride in his flower and vegetable gardens and especially enjoyed sharing his produce with family and friends. Tools, Ford cars, and dogs also meant a lot to him.
Bill will be dearly missed by his wife of 59 years, Elizabeth “Betty” (Brown) Crossan; his daughter, Susan M. C. James and her husband, Kenneth; and by his sweet granddaughter, Melissa. In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by his brother, Harry J. Crossan.
A funeral service will be held at Twelve Noon on Friday, August 5, 2011, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, where visitation will begin at 10 am. Interment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P. O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 (www.lls.org).
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