Claude A. Crosby, 88, formerly of Bear Lake, Pa., died on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at the Corry Manor, Corry, Pa.
He was born on January 24, 1924 in Columbus Township, Pa., a son of the late Carl and Claudia Kolstee Crosby.
Claude was raised and educated in Lottsville, graduating from Lottsville High School in 1942. Following graduation, he entered the US Army and served during WWII. When he returned to Bear Lake, Pa., he worked at Aero Supply for several years and then at Thompson Maple Products. Claude then worked as a mechanic at Hubbard’s Motors in Sherman, NY, before owning and operating Crosby’s Service Station in Bear Lake from 1963 to the 1980’s. He retired in the early 1980’s.
He was a member of the Bear Lake Volunteer Fire Department and enjoyed hunting, working on cars, and traveling in their motor home.
In addition to his parents, Claude was preceded in death on May 14, 2009 by his wife, Alma M. Mapson Crosby, whom he married on February 3, 1944 in Jamestown, NY; three sisters Arlene Kent, Carol Burch, and E. Mary Smith; four brothers James, Gerald, Earl, and Lyle Crosby; and two grandsons Luke Crosby and Michael Canaan.
Claude is survived by two daughters Lois Abbot and her husband Robert of Sugar Grove, Pa., and Gloria Canaan and her husband Raymond of Winder, Ga.; a son Gary Crosby and his wife Bonnie of Corry, Pa.; two sisters Carlene LeCocq of Seal Beach, Ca., and Ella Mae Gibbs of Ashville, NY; and a brother Lee Crosby and his wife Betty of Bear Lake, Pa. He is also survived by five grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
Family and friends are invited to call at the Bracken Funeral Home, 315 N. Center St., Corry, Pa., on Wednesday from 58 pm and attend the funeral service at Bear Lake United Methodist Church, Center Street, Bear Lake, Pa., on Thursday at 1:00 pm. Pastor Jean Olsen will officiate.
Burial will be in Bear Lake Cemetery, Bear Lake, Pa.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Chautauqua County, 4840 West Lake Rd., Mayville, NY 14757, Bear Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Center Street, Bear Lake, PA 16402, or Bear Lake United Methodist Church, Bear Lake, PA 16402.