James Timothy Crowley, Sr. (August 24, 1942 – July 28, 2011)


James Timothy Crowley, Sr. 68 of Homosassa Springs, FL and currently of Zanesville and McConnelsville died at 1:30 a. m. Thursday, July 28, 2011 at Genesis Morrison House Hospice. Jim was born in Canton, Ohio on August 24, 1942. He was the son of John T. and Margaret (Mowery) Crowley of Canton, Ohio. After the passing of his mother at the age of one he was raised by William and Lillian Volkert of Myers Lake in Canton.

He graduated from Lincoln High School in Canton. Jim served in the Army as a Military Police Officer, stationed Ft. Dix, N.J. Jim was a proud Firefighter for the Myers Lake Fire Department, he was employed at the Ohio Ferro Alloy in Philo, Clevite in McConnelsville and was an underwater diver. Jim retired to Florida. His retirement was enjoyed by drinking coffee at Kim’s Café and volunteering at the Homosassa Spring Wildlife Park. He enjoyed taking care of his friend Lu the oldest Hippo in captivity. Jim had never met a stranger and had many friends and adopted family in every state.

Jim married Karen Gurschick Welch on August 23, 1980.

Jim is survived by his wife: Karen Gurschick Welch who he married on August 23, 1980; He was a very proud father to Dawn (Tony Apperson Sr.) Hosom, of McConnelsville, James T (Jackie) Crowley, Jr., of Zanesville, Valerie (Jeff) Duncan of Vista CA, Lilli (Jack) Keltch of Kansas, and step-son Shawn (Tammy) Welch of Maine. Grandchildren: Lacy Jarjou, Travis Carroll, Trey and Tanner Crowley, Anthony Shropshire Jr, Jackson Keltch, Alisha and Robbie Begin. Great-grandchildren Noah, Yuspha, Matty Claire, and Faith (Scooter) Apperson. He is survived by his sister Pat Yapko of Canton, OH, one half bother Graig Crowley of Florida, Sister-in-law Kathy Gurschick of DE, Brothers-in-law Ken (Dawn) Gurschick, ME; Keith (Terri) Gurschick, Nova Scotia; Kirby (Karen) Gurschick, ME. and several nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, adoptive parents, brothers John T Crowley III, William Volkert, III, Jack Crowley, Jerry Crowley and sister Sue Manic.

Jim was such an outgoing person who loved his family and friends and will be missed by all that knew his smile and sense of humor. At Jim’s request a caring cremation has taken place. The family will recieve friends Sunday July, 31, 2011 from 12 noon to 1pm immediatley followed by Memorial Service and Military Honors at 1:00 p.m at the Hillis & Hardwick Funeral Home, 935 Forest Ave.

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