James L. Crosby, 86, formerly of Wagner and Avon, funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in Wagner. Burial will be in the ZCBJ Cemetery, rural Wagner, with military honors. Visitation will be at the Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Wagner from 3 to 7, with the family present from 5:30 to 7.
James Lowell Crosby, son of Clayton "Pat" and Lillian (Tilburg) Crosby, was born October 25, 1925 in Avon, SD, during an early winter blizzard. He passed from this world to his eternal home on Friday, August 17, 2012 at his home in Sun City, AZ. Jim attained the age of 86 years, nine months and 19 days.
Jim attended grade school and high school in Avon, where he enjoyed sports and played baseball and basketball throughout his schooling. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served until the war ended. Jim then joined the Naval Reserves and served for many more years. Jim graduated from Southern State Teachers' College in Springfield and then taught and coached at Ravinia High School.
In 1956, Jim purchased Kostel Funeral Home in Wagner and eventually took over the family funeral homes in Avon and Springfield. Jim was a funeral director for over 50 years, retiring in 1985 from active funeral service.
Robert Crosby and David Crosby are Jim's sons from his first marriage. In 1975, Jim and Jean Ann were married and they enjoyed 37 years of golf, travel, living in Wagner and Rapid City and being Arizona snowbirds.
Jim is survived by his wife Jean Ann of Sun City, AZ; his sons, Robert and David and their children and grandchildren; step son, Jim and wife Julie of Wagner and their daughters; step daughter, Linda and companion Gary of Phoenix, AZ and her children and grandchildren; and brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Elaine Sellers of Pickstown and their family. Jim was preceded in death by his parents. For all who knew and loved Jim, he truly will be unforgettable.....