James Daniel KROSSA

(Feb. 7, 1923 – May 18, 2010)

Dad had a curious spirit – he would often go outside at night and stand in awe of the stars and wonder what the universe was all about. He also had an unstoppable desire to explore, to discover what was around the next corner. So he often drove his family throughout the mountain roads around Chilliwack to see where they went. Once, on a trip to the Grand Canyon, he climbed over the guard rail along the edge, past the Do Not Pass sign, to crawl to the very brink to see what was there. Now he is finally free to explore with God the universe that evoked such wonder to him.

And Dad loved his family. He rose early to work at jobs he did not always love, never missing a day, all for his family. He showed us what really mattered by always placing his family first, and Dad, for this we will always be grateful.

Jim Krossa was born in Millet, Alberta in 1923, a small farming village. He spent most of his early years in nearby Leduc.

He moved to Chilliwack with his parents in 1947. There he worked at Mac and Mac where he met Beulah Anderson. They were married in 1948 and lived at various locations in Chilliwack: Bailey Road, Orr subdivision, Edwart Street, Upper Prairie Road, Sydney Street, Elm Drive, Bonny Avenue, Windsor Street, Yale Road, Brett Avenue and Mary Street, and too many others to list. Dad was always trying to make it rich in real estate. Or maybe he was running scared from the mortgages.

Jim also worked in construction and pipeline surveying around Chilliwack before working in the laundry at Chilliwack General Hospital. He and his wife, Beulah, moved to Three Hill, Alberta in 1969 where their children were attending Prairie Bible Institute. Jim worked in the laundry and did plumbing at Prairie. He retired in 1988. In 1990, they moved to Lake Cowichan where they resided until 1999 when they moved back to Chilliwack.

Jim is predeceased by his parents, Richard and Martha; his brother, Ralph; and his sisters: Mabel and Tracy; and a niece and nephews.

He is survived by his wife, Beulah; his children: Gail (Dave), Wendell (Rena), Barbara (Ted), Donna (Bernie) and Sheryl; along with grandchildren Mack, Kyle, Kelsey, Kiernan and Samantha and Brett and Kassandra; and nephews and nieces: Ron, Jackie, Rick (Dianna), Marty, Ken and Don.

There will be a celebration of Jim’s life at the recreation room of the Rosewood apartment building at 9186 Edward Street, May 29 from 1-3 pm.


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