Allen & Karen Crosswhite

Jun 10, 1928 - Aug 13, 2019


Allen Joyce Crosswhite:

June 10, 1928 to August 13, 2019

Born in Santa Maria, CA to Sam Crosswhite & Joyce (Grossi) Crosswhite. He was a resident of Alaska for over 40 years.  Allen was stationed in Japan with the Coast Guard during the Korean War.  He married Bernice (Miller) Sundholm and they moved to Washington and had 3 children, Linda, Constance & James.  After his divorce, he met and married Karen Rae Holley on January 5, 1962.  Karen was a single mother with 2 toddlers, Jim and Hollie.  They were now parents of 5 children. 

Karen Rae (Holley) Crosswhite:

May 26, 1939 to May 4, 2017

Born in Spokane, WA to Walter Holley & Marian (Carter) Holley.  Karen attended Franklin High School in the class of 1957.  Karen married Doug Melville and they had 2 children, Hollie and Jimmy.  Karen became an excellent professional secretary & bookkeeper for several large firms in the Seattle area.  After her divorce, she met Allen Crosswhite who was a single father with 3 children.  Allen & Karen were married on January 5, 1962 with their 5 children in attendance.

Allen & Karen Crosswhite:

Allen and Karen moved from Seattle, WA to Anchorage, AK in the mid 70’s to work in the booming construction industry.  Allen was a crane operator by trade but he was excellent at operating & repairing any type of heavy equipment or vehicles.  Karen had an extensive background in bookkeeping & administration.  So, in 1985 they started their own excavating construction company named, KC Alaska, after Karen, who became the President.  KC Alaska became a well-respected and successful contractor in the wild frontier of Alaska.  In 2012, Allen and Karen celebrated their 50th wedding Anniversary & renewed their vows on a cruise to the Caribbean with their adult children. 

Sadly Karen, his wife of 55 years and business partner for over 40 years, passed away on May 4, 2017.  Allen retired shortly afterwards at the age of 89.  In 2018, he was honored by the Local 302 Operating Engineers Local 302 Union for 70 years of “active” service.

Survived By: 

Children – Linda Ipsen, Constance Maas, Jim Melville

Grandchildren – Troy Halpin, Jennifer Jensen, Jason Crosswhite, Rachel Barnes, Mylinda Ipsen

Great Grandchildren – Tyler Jensen, Savannah Schuemann, Bailey Halpin, Dillon Halpin, Rhea Ipsen

Great, great Grandchildren – Calvin Hickey

Preceded in Death by: Allen’s parents, Karen’s parents, Daughter Hollie Barnes, Son James Crosswhite

Memorial Services on Friday Sept 6th at 11:00 am at Bonney-Watson Funeral Home-WA Memorial Park, 16445 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA – Full Obituary & guest book at

In lieu of flowers, consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Eddie Aikau Foundation, a non-profit organization that Allen & Karen supported, that was created to honor their former son-in-law.


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John Andrews
John Andrews

Deepest sympathy to the family of Al and Karen. Proud to have known and having been employed by them in the past RIP Karen, also my brother engineer Al, you have both earned it.