George Charles Crossan

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George Charles Crossan's long life spanning nearly a century (98 years) ended quietly on July 29, 2018. George's life witnessed many changes from a family homestead through the beginning of a new millennium.
George was born in a log cabin on May 1, 1920, at the family homestead ranch near Toponas, CO; during a big snowstorm. His parents and grandparents had established the family ranch in western Colorado during the decades following the American Civil War. He and his older sisters, Lila and Alice, rode horses to their one-room country school.
When World War II broke out, George volunteered for service in the Army, and served with the 3rd Army 35th Division Signal Corps as they advanced across Europe under General George Patton.
Following the war, he married Billie Bond and they raised three children, Melvin, Charles, and Carol. He now has three generations of grand-children.
During the 1950s George joined his parents in ownership of Crossan's M&A Market, which has recently been restored as an official state historical site in Yampa, CO.
George then became an employee of Mountain Parks Electric for 25 years in Granby, CO, retiring in 1985. His wife Billie passed in 1994 at their winter residence in Apache Junction, AZ.
Since then George has enjoyed retirement years with his companion Elizabeth (Beth) Teal golfing and touring the world, and living in Sun City, AZ.
He passed away on July 29, 2018, at his Granby home and was interred at the Yampa Cemetery in Yampa, CO.

Published in NewsZapAZ on Aug. 24, 2018
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