GEARY COUNTY –– Richard Alan Cross, 92, a resident of rural Geary County, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at Chapman Valley Manor in Chapman, KS. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 9717 Clarks Creek Road, Junction City, KS with Pastor Chris Schultz officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, east of the church, with the U. S. Navy Honorary Burial Detail. The family will receive friends at the Church Wednesday morning, April 24, beginning at 11:30 A.M. until time of the service.
Richard was born July 10, 1920 at Wakefield, KS, to James Richard and Elizabeth M. (Furrer) Cross. He attended school in the Wakefield and Junction City area. He worked for several farmers until his enlistment into the U S. Navy on July 31, 1942. He married Alice Grace Koepcke on September 13, 1942 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church at rural Geary County, KS. Richard and Alice lived in Junction City until 1971 when they moved to the family farm southeast of Junction City where they farmed and raised cattle and hogs. They were married for 68 years before she died on December 20, 2010.
Richard served 3 years, 3months, and 9 days on the U. S. S. Electra during World War II; he was discharged November 9, 1945. After coming home from the Navy, he worked at Hogan Milling Co. in Junction City for six months; he then went to work for Mohn Implement Co. for eight years as a mechanic until 1952 when he was promoted to a parts man. He then started working for the Junction City Fire Department where he worked for eight years, and also spent eight years working as an engineer at the Geary Community Hospital. On January 1, 1970, he went to work for the State Park and Resources at Milford as a maintenanceman, and he also supervised the inmates which were transported from Randolph, KS. In the early 1970's, he formed and was a charter member of the Geary County Sheriff's Reserve, and after 15 years he was appointed as a special deputy helping to transport prisoners. He retired from the Kansas Parks and Resources in 1983.
Richard enjoyed woodworking, hunting and fishing. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church since 1946, and he served on many church boards and committes. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. Odd Fellows Lodge, a life member of the V.F.W. Post #1786 in Manhattan, KS; and was a member of the Kansas Peace Officers Association.
He is survived by his two children: a daughter LaVon Dudley and her husband Dick of rural Junction City, KS, and one son Warren Cross and his wife Diana of rural Junction City, KS. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Chris Schroeder and wife Staci, Jerry Kraemer, Cody Probst and wife Shana, Lindsey Patee and her husband Shannon, Courtney Brown and husband Travis; and thirteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Alice, one son Merle Richard Cross in 1993, and one sister Gladys Trulieb.
Memorials may be given to St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, or the Memorial of the Donor's Choice. Memorials may be sent in care of the Londeen Funeral Chapel, Box 429, Chapman, KS 67431.
(This obituary was written and paid for by the family of Richard Alan Cross)