COLDSPRING - Albert "Abby" Eugene Crossley, Route 394, Coldspring, N.Y., passed away at 6:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in his home, with his family by his side.
He was born July 7, 1925, in South Williamsport, Pa., the son of the late William Grant and Florence Elizabeth (DeShay) Crossley.
Abby was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving as a corporal from 1943-46, where he was a combat engineer and later a radio operator. He served in the Battle of the Bulge, taking him to France, Belgium and Germany.
Albert “Abby” Eugene Crossley
Mr. Crossley retired in 1985 from Jamestown Metal Products and in earlier years worked for 21 years for Queensboro Milk Products. He was a life member of the Randolph Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 6533, a member of the Randolph American Legion Post 181, Coldspring Volunteer Fire Department and was a former member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 2273 in Randolph.
Abby also served with the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Departments Water Recovery and Search and Rescue teams. He was a well-known musician in the area, playing in bands and in later years, had a ministry, traveling to nursing homes for "Music Hour," with his well-known group Glory Bound, for which he composed and sang Yodeling for Jesus on each visit. He loved motorcycles, music, scuba diving and was a licensed ham radio operator.
He is survived by his three children: John Crossley and wife, Elaine of Frewsburg, Nancy Luce of Randolph, and Florence Morgan and husband, Richard of Steamburg; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 58 years, Alma (Barber) Crossley, whom he married Oct. 29, 1943, and who preceded him Dec.2, 2001; a great-granddaughter, Alexia Genevieve Crossley; and three brothers: Howard, Bruce and Robert Crossley.
The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 12, 2014), in the VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home, 14 Church St., Randolph. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Burial will be in Steamburg Cemetery.
To send a condolence log on to www.vanrensselaerandsonfuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.