Cross, William Hutchison (May 22, 1900 - January 3, 1987)

William H. Cross

Douglas Budget - January 8, 1987

Mass for Christian Burial of William Hutchison Cross, 86, were held Tuesday, Jan. 6 at St. James Catholic Church with the celebrant Father Philip Colibraro. Rosary was recited Monday at Converse Funeral Chapel. Interment was in the family plot at the Douglas Park Cemetery. Mr. Cross died Saturday at Converse County Memorial Hospital in Douglas following a brief illness.

He was born May 22, 1900 at the Braehead Ranch southwest of Douglas, the son of Harry and Lea (LeVasseur) Cross. Mr. Cross attended the rural Beaver school and graduated from Douglas High School.

He went on to attend the University of Colorado and later returned and became the manager and owner of the Tomahawk Ranch. On Dec. 20, 1934, he wed Barbara Ann Franc. Together they expanded and lived on the Tomahawk Ranch for over 52 years.

Among his many activities, Mr. Cross served as chairman of the local school board as well as being a member of the Elks, Moose, Kiwanis, Wyoming Stock Grower's, Wyoming Wool Growers and the past two years served on the Board of Directors of the Powder River Basin Resource Council, and was on the Medicine Bow Forest Advisory Board for many years. He was a member and past president of the Wyoming Pioneers Association.

Mr. Cross had a keen interest in politics, was elected to the 21st and 22nd Sessions of the Wyoming House of Representatives, to the Senate for sessions 23 to 26, and was Vice President of the 26th Senate. He retired from politics, but in 1972 was persuaded to run for the House of Representatives and was successful.

In 1940 Mr. Cross was elected as a delegate to the National Republican Convention in Philadelphia.

In 1972 he was voted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. He was the recipient of the Northern International Livestock Exposition Award in Billings, Mont. for his outstanding contributions to the livestock industry.

Mr. Cross was an avid horseman and during the early Wyoming State Fairs participated in chariot races. He will be remembered by his family and friends as a very vivacious man, not afraid to speak out on issues of interest in local, state and national government.

Mr. Cross is survived by his wife, Barbara; three sons, Rory, Robert and Richard all of Douglas; three sisters Criss Cross Morton, Alzire Cross and Mazie Ball all of Oakland, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Robert, Sandy and George; and four sisters, Margaret, Julia, Elsie and Mary.

Serving as pallbearers were Jim Fitzhugh, Jack Sullivan, George Falkenburg, George Jackson, Bill Leman and LeRoy Sanford.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Bill Smith, Sr., Art Sims, Ben LeVasseur, W.A. Stoddard, LeRoy Lewis, Jim Robbins, Nat Smith, Dick Burnett, Jack McGuire, Art Horr, Walt Reynolds, Fred Grant, Earl Scott, Bud Kingrey, Howard Huxtable, John Pexton, Glen Edwards, Karl Meyer, Lee Combs, Jim Williams, Lee Ortega, Gene Hardy and Conrad Herrera.

The family would appreciate memorials in memory of Bill Cross to the Wyoming Wool Grower's Association, P.O. Box 115, Casper, Wyo. 82602.

Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas was in charge of the arrangements.

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