UPDATE: Funeral services for Bill Cross will be held in Arlington, VA at Fort Myer Old Post Chapel with Full Military Honors on May 1, 2015 beginning at 1 p.m. with interment immediately following in Arlington National Cemetery. Everyone attending must show a picture ID to get on the Military Post. There will be a reception at the Fort Myer Officer's Club following the ceremony, all attendees are invited . In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to the Army Emergency Relief Fund, 200 Stovall St., Alexandria, VA 22332-0600.
CROSS WILLIAM MAYNARD CROSS, JR. LTC U.S. ARMY (Ret.) Soldier, Patriot, Hero Resident of Shenandoah, VA, formerly of Arlington, VA passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on January 10, 2015 following complications from surgery and pneumonia. He was born in St. Joseph, MO on December 26, 1917 to William M. Cross, Sr. and Ada Walker Cross. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his first wife, Dorothy Elaine Cross; beloved daughter, Anne Michele (Mickey); his three brothers, John, Ed, and Howard (Jake) and stepson, Larry Thomas. He is survived by his beloved wife, Thelma Cross, daughters, Sandra Lea Ruppert of Spring Grove, PA, and Geri Laine Berry (Frank) of Brightwood, VA; his sons, William Maynard Cross, III (Geny) of Fairfax, and Jon Sherman Cross (Sue) of Rio Rancho, NM, sister, Eleanor Michener of Duarte, CA, stepdaughter, Susan T. Novy (Peter) of St. Augustine, FL, and stepson, Charlie Thomas (Linda) of Shenandoah; 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and one on the way. He joined the Army in 1941 prior to Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and was part of the Normandy invasion onto Utah beach on D-Dday+5. While fighting in France in June & July of 1944, he received The Order of the Purple Heart as well as the Bronze Star, subsequent to an injury received while leading his men up Hill 84 ("Bloody Hill"), outside of La Haye du Puits on July 8. He served two tours of duty in Japan, as well as a tour in Korea, before returning to the US, and retiring from the Army in 1965. William then began his 20 year career with the Defense Intelligence Agency, before retiring in 1986. A funeral service will be held at Fort Myer Old Post Chapel followed by interment with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery at a date yet to be determined. A memorial service will be held at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton on Sat., Jan. 17, 2015 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Army Emergency Relief Fund at aerhq.org.
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