James K. "Jim" Crossman
1933 - 2020
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May 7, 1933 ˜ April 25, 2020

James K. Crossman passed away after a brief illness on April 25, 2020 at Canterbury Inn in Longview, WA. He was born in Joplin, MO on May 7, 1933 to Roy and Carrie Crossman.
After high school, Jim attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where he majored in chemical engineering.
Following graduation, he served in the Navy as an officer for three years aboard the USS Saratoga aircraft carrier.
Then, Jim attended the Institute of Pulp and Paper Chemistry in Appleton, Wisconsin (1959-1964) where he received a doctorate in paper chemistry.
Jim went to work for the Minnesota and Ontario Paper Company as a research chemist in 1964. It was his love of fishing and beautiful Rainy Lake that attracted him to this company in International Falls, MN. The company was acquired by the Boise Cascade Corporation soon after he arrived.
In 1973, Jim transferred to Vancouver to help set up a new research department at the Vancouver paper mill. Later, a new research building was built on Swan Island in Portland.
Jim retired from Boise Cascade in 1990. After retiring from Boise Cascade, Jim worked as a chemistry lab instructor at Clark College, Vancouver.
Jim was an active member of the Vancouver United Church of Christ and participated in the expansion of the education wing.
Since retiring, Jim spent many happy years pursuing his hobbies: creating wooden objects with and for his grandsons (trivets, blocks, child-sized kitchen appliances, trebuchet, chessboard, bird feeders, jewelry boxes, candle holders, etc.); gardening; genealogy; and chemistry-inspired projects. Jim will be especially remembered for instilling a love of being creative and for creating things by hand.
Jim met his love, Beverly Rogers, during his undergraduate years. They were married on August 4, 1956, blessed with three children, and further blessed with grandsons.
Jim is survived by his wife, Beverly; daughters, Cheryl and Janet (Doug); son, Dan (Tracy); and grandsons, Dustin, Nathan, and Brandon.
A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at a later date at Vancouver United Church of Christ.
Please sign his guest book @ www.columbian.com/obits

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Published in The Columbian on May 10, 2020.
Celebration of Life
Vancouver United Church of Christ
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4 entries
May 16, 2020
I miss you, Dad!
Janet Crossman-Bosworth
May 12, 2020
USS Saratoga (CV-60)
It was on the mourn
That I saw a ship a sailing
The sea was calm
The winds were fair
James was young
And he was at the rail
With shipmates once again.---rs
Roger Sheetz
May 10, 2020
Chemist./Genealogist Jim will be missed. Enjoyed and expanded minds in those areas and at 1st UCC trees, skylights and architects. May the family be blessed with strength to endure and beyond. It was a blessing to me to associate with Jim.
John Hannon
May 10, 2020
I met James at the CCGS many years ago , He was a very kind man and loved his plants. He gave me and my husband many tomatoe plants and 2 trees that are planted in pots on our deck. He was always giving away the plants to friends.
Evelyn Campbell
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