July 27, 1931-Jan. 3, 2018
With Peggy, his wife of 63 years at his side, Joseph Crowley passed away at his home in Chewelah, Washington, on Jan. 3, 2018.
Joe was born in Butte, Montana on July 27, 1931, to Joseph and Josephine Crowley. His was a life well-lived. He treasured his Butte memories, her mining landmarks, and his many Butte relatives and friends. We were enthralled with stories of his time aboard the Navy repair ship the USS Laertes. He relished spending time in the ports of Japan. His stories, drawings, and paintings taught us to respect Japan’s customs and people. His career with Job Corps and the Forest Service involved multiple moves mostly around the Northwest. After his retirement Joe and Peggy moved to Chewelah to be near their grandchildren.
Retirement included trips to Ireland where he loved each moment. He explored Irish historical sites, ate great pub food, experienced the music, and joined the Dingle Fife and Drum Band for their magical 6 a.m. parade that begins each St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Of course, later in the evening, after viewing the afternoon parade, some Guinness was sampled. His favorite memories were his conversations with the many phenomenal Irish people he met, their shared stories, and the laughter.
Joe and Peggy loved the time spent with their young grandchildren, including Roy and Shandee Antoine, Christopher and Kacey Crowley, and Jordan Wilson. With her friends, Shandee held frequent sleepovers at Joe and Peggy’s house. Roy and his friends benefited from Joe’s ability to fixed broken items and resolve car problems. Christopher, Jordan, and Kacey visited frequently. We once observed Joe providing a lesson on how Jordan could fine-tuned his invaluable pooper-scooping skills.
Time spent on spring breaks and summer vacations allowed Joe to share his love of Butte’s history. Our and Joe’s overwhelming favorite was the tour of the now vacant lot famous only because it once contained the home where he was born. We traveled to Virginia City and Ennis, Montana to experience his adventures as the young boy became a man. He guided us around the Washington and Oregon coasts where to our amazement it usually stopped raining each time we got out of the car just as he predicted.
Time passed, grandchildren grew older and now some have become parents. Joe was proud of the adult each grandchild became and the great-grandchildren brought him a new happiness. He appreciated the time he spent with the many friends who enriched his life.
In his later years, Joe found considerable satisfaction reading and writing letters to the Editor of the Chewelah Independent newspaper. He proudly shared copies of his published letters with his children. The family enjoyed knowing their father had a “publisher," after all he had a love of the English language and the written word.
Per Joe’s request, no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, Peggy suggests those who wish to make a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Chewelah Food Bank.
Per Joe’s request, no services will be held.