Joseph Riley Crossley

Joseph Riley Crossley, 58, of Overland Park, Kansas, departed this life on July 18, 2010, after a courageous battle of a brief illness. Joe was born on May 26, 1952 in Creston, Iowa, and lived the majority of his young life in Lee’s Summit, MO. Joe served his country in the U.S. Army from 1970-1974, 82nd Airborne Division, with an honorable discharge. He was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, uncle, and grandfather. He was an avid outdoorsman, and an expert fisherman, who loved fishing tournaments, especially Muskie. He is survived by his faithful and loving wife of 31 years, Karen Coleman Crossley; his daughter, Brooke Crossley Johnson (Lucus); two grandchildren, Kaycie and Jaden. He is preceded in death by a daughter, Jacquelyn Suzanne. He is also survived by his parents, Robert and Barbara Crossley, of Warsaw, MO; four brothers: James (Debbie) Crossley and John (Stacey) Crossley of Lee’s Summit, MO, Jeff (Dorie) Crossley of Raytown, MO, and Jerrold (Rita) Crossley of Montauk, NY; two sisters, Jeanne (Pat) Malloy of Platte City, MO, and Joanie (Dan) Gidick, of Richmond, VA; several special nieces and nephews, as well as great- nieces and nephews. He will be deeply missed by countless friends who treasured his endless giving and love, especially his dear friend, Kevin Richards and family. Joe truly appreciated and felt blessed by the love, care, and support he received from the staff of the VA Hospital. His family will receive friends on Thursday, from 6-9 p.m., with a Celebration of his life on Friday, at 11 a.m.; both will be held at the Lee’s Summit Bible Church, in Lee’s Summit, MO. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Animal Haven in Merriam, KS; Muskie, Inc. Research Fund, or Veterans Administration.

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