WHEATRIDGE, Colo. -- Clifford Golden Crossan died Saturday, May 13, 2006, at the Mountain Vista Nursing Home in Wheatridge, Colo.
He was born July 12, 1909, on the family homestead at Golden Prairie near Burns, Wyo. He was the son of the late Isaac and Hattie (Swingle) Crossan.
Clifford grew up at Burns, Wyo., where he graduated as Valedictorian of his high school class of 1927.
On Feb. 8, 1931, Clifford married Freda Schiliske.
He began working for the United States Postal Service as a railway postal clerk, traveling between Cheyenne, Wyo., and Ogden, Utah.
On Nov. 20, 1942, Clifford entered the United States Army Air Corps where he became a bombardier instructor at Albuquerque, N.M.
Following his honorable discharge from the service on Sept. 26, 1945, he received a commission as a pilot and instrument instructor in 1948. He received his appointment as a regional director of the U. S. Post Office on April 15, 1961, from President John F. Kennedy.
On Sept. 23, 1963, he married Bernice Opal Skinner at Las Vegas, Nev., and they made their home in Denver, Colo.
He retired on Dec. 30, 1965, and they moved to Florida in 1978. Bernice preceded him in death on Feb. 11, 1993. He returned to Arvada, Colo., in June 1994 where he told stories of his life to his grandchildren and watched his great grandchildren grow.
Cliff was active in politics for many years and was a member of the national Association of Retired Federal Employees, a member of the Masonic Lodge and the American Legion. He spent many summers fishing in Canada and winters fishing in Mexico.
He is survived by one daughter, Gwen Lark of Arvada, Colo.; two grandchildren, David Lark and Sharon Lark; three great-grandchildren, Lynsie Wheat, Trevor Lark and Ethan Lark; one sister, Pauline Steege, brother-in-law, Gene Skinner of Beaver City, Neb.; and sisters-in-law, Alta Carlson and husband Verle, and Leona Smith and husband Melvin, all of Trenton, Neb., Emolyn Skinner of Grand Forks, N.D., and Bee Skinner of Hemet, Calif., relatives and friends.
Graveside inurnment service will be 10 a.m., Friday, June 2, 2006, in the Trenton Cemetery at Trenton, Neb., with Pastor Fay Ann Blaylock officiating.
Herrmann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.