Joseph ‘Chick’ Karl Crossman
CHURCH HILL — Joseph “Chick” Karl Crossman of Church Hill, MD, died at the University of Maryland Medical Center on May 3, 2017. He was 78.
Born on March 22, 1939 in Phoenixville, PA, he was the son of the late Mary Elizabeth Hughes Crossman and William H. Crossman. He attended Springford High School in Pennsylvania, Class of 1958. After graduation, he attended Lock Haven State College, where he received his degree in Education in 1962. He then continued his education, receiving his Master’s Degree from Salisbury State College in 1969.
Mr. Crossman began teaching at Kent Island Elementary School in 1963, and became principal in 1966. In 1970, he taught at Oakland Elementary School, where he became principal in 1972. After teaching at a number of schools in Prince George’s County, he retired in 1994.
On Oct. 27, 1962, he married the former Sandra Robinette of Roaring Spring, PA, and the couple resided on Kent Island. In 1991, they moved to Church Hill, MD.
Mr. Crossman enjoyed family times, gardening, golfing, bike riding and reading.
In addition to his wife, Sandra Robinette Crossman, he is survived by three children: Jeffrey Crossman (Connie) of Church Hill; Rodger Crossman (Kim) of Chester, MD; Beth Etheridge (John) of Pasadena; four siblings: Joan Merion, Bill Crossman, both of Spring City, PA; Gary Crossman of Limerick, PA; Tommy Crossman of CA; and one granddaughter, Ashley Crossman.
Friends and family may visit from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, at the Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A. in Centreville, MD.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Animal Welfare League of Queen Anne’s County, 201 Clay Dr., Queenstown, MD 21658; or to the Humane Society of Kent County, 10720 Augustine Herman Hwy., Chestertown, MD 21620.
For online condolences, please visit www.fhnfuneral home.com. he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was drafted into the Navy in 1955 and served honorably until his discharge in 1961. He worked for DuPont for 33 years before his retirement in 1986. He enjoyed woodworking, home and car repair, golfing, bowling, and bocce, but above all, he enjoyed making time for family.
He is survived by his loving wife of almost 61 years, Janet (Snodgrass) Hughes; their children: Katherine Wesbury (Bruce) of Riverside, CA, Linda Levesque (Tom) of Dallas, TX, Scott Hughes (Kim) of Norman, OK, daughter-in-law, Sherri Hughes-Austin of Fort Wayne, IN; his brothers: James Hughes (Joan) of Absecon, NJ, Edward Hughes (Carmen) of Stewart, FL; nine grandchildren: Brandon and Philip Wesbury, Nathan, Landen and Lauren Hughes, Kyle and Sarah Levesque, Kayleigh and Chase Hughes. He is preceded in death by his son, Timothy Hughes; his sisters: Lillian Michel (John); Beatrice McCaffrey (Robert); and brother, William Hughes (Helen).
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, at the Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A. in Centreville, MD. Burial will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to Compass Regional Hospice in Centreville, MD, with the family’s gratitude for the wonderful care they provided.
For online condolences, please visit: www.fhnfuneral home.com.
JOSEPH “CHICK” KARL CROSSMAN