James Buren Crowley

November 2, 1925 - April 23, 2013
James Buren Crowley


James Buren Crowley, 87, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

He was born in Wilmington on November 3, 1925. His parents were the late Rev. Jeremiah Stephen Crowley and Edith Sidbury Crowley. He was preceded in death by brothers Jasper S. Crowley, George W. Crowley, and John W. Crowley.

James grew up in Wilmington. A proud veteran of the US Army Air Corps, James served during World War II. Retired from US Steel Corporation, James spent most of his career in Venezuela. He enjoyed golf and taught all of his children the game.

James is survived by six children, J. David Crowley (Diane), John S. Crowley (Martha), Elizabeth E. Crowley (Ginny), Mia Crowley-Hald (Chris), Anne C. Wrenn (Danny), and Paul D. Crowley (Kelly); their mother, Dolores T. Crowley; seven grandchildren; sister, Edith C. Batson (Arthur dec.); brother, Robert N. Crowley (Lynda); sisters-in-law Mildred, Ruby, and Johnsie; and his nieces and nephews.

The family is planning a private service celebrating James’s life.

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  • April 26, 2013
    Susie Stark Kux says:
    To all the Crowleys -- I am so sorry to hear the news about your father. He was the nicest man, a steady loving presence in all your lives. From his obituary I just learned he was Army Air Corps during WWII...something else he and Dad had in common! I never knew that. Over the years, I imagine they must have shared stories with each other on their way to work. So many of them are gone now. I imagine, as I do each time I hear the news of another old friend from Venezuela moving on, that your father is attending a big fiesta in the sky, reuniting once again with everyone he once knew and loved so well. It's up to us to stay connected now. Hope to see you soon. Love, Susie and Rick Stark/Kux

  • April 26, 2013
    Robin says:
    I am so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. I don't think the OMC Reunions will ever be the same, your Dad was always so much fun and loved to talk about his "kids", he was so proud of you all. I loved your Dad and will miss him. Love to you all, Robin

  • April 26, 2013
    The Hildebrandts says:
    To all the wonderful Crowley children, now grown into wonderful adults: Your dad was one of the nicest men we've ever had the pleasure of knowing. Seeing him at the reunions was always one of the highlights, and always brought back great memories. Love to you all.

  • April 26, 2013
    MaryKay Wilson (Reeder) says:
    Our deepest sympathies on your loss. Your dad was such a wonderful man, very kind, generous and so pleasant to be around. Please cherish the moments.

  • April 26, 2013
    George Butler says:
    You'll be missed, Jim.