Cross Jr., John Michael (May 3, 1961 - October 14, 2002)

John Michael Cross Jr.

Douglas Budget - October 23, 2002

Funeral Liturgy for John Michael Cross Jr., was held Oct. 19 at St. James Catholic Church in Douglas with Father Ralph Talkin of St. Louis Catholic Church of Glenrock as Celebrant.

Vigil for the Deceased was held Oct. 18 at Converse Funeral Chapel, led by Jennie Needham. Interment was at Douglas Park Cemetery.

Mr. Cross died Oct. 14, 2002, at his home in Douglas.

He was born on May 3, 1961, in Casper to John Michael and Donna (Ireton) Cross. He was reared and educated in Douglas.

On April 15, 1978, he married Melanie Bryson at Natural Bridge near Douglas. Three sons were born to this union, and later the couple divorced.

Mr. Cross worked for Northwinds of Wyoming, Power Resources and Converse County Road and Bridge. At the time of his death he was working at Antelope Coal Mine.

On Nov. 21, 1998, he married Kristy K. (Pavey) Ford in Douglas.

Mr. Cross was a member of the National Rifle Association, Samuel Mares American Legion Post #8, St. James Catholic Church, the Coyote Den and Moose Lodge #602. He enjoyed snakes, animals, the mountains, camping and his dog Chinook.

He is survived by his wife Kristy of Douglas; father John Michael Cross Sr. and wife Irma of Douglas; mother Donna Cumpton and husband Arnie of Gillette; sons Casey James Cross, Justin Wayne and wife TJ Cross and Brandt Michael Cross, all of Douglas; stepchildren Courtney Lynn Ford, Amber Skye Ford and Jason Donal Ford, all of Douglas; sisters Dawn Michelle Hiebert and husband Roger of Douglas and Allegra Aurora Cross of Casper; paternal grandmother Mary Ryan Cross of Douglas; and grandchildren Destiny June Cross of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Braedyn Michael Cross of Douglas.

He was preceded in death by his brother Rodrick Ernest Cross on May 6, 1977; paternal grandfather George H. Cross Sr.; and maternal grandparents Ernest and Opal Ireton.

Serving as pallbearers were Scott Russell, Bruce McCullough, Todd Bunting, Mike Bryson, Dave Morrow and Richard Carr.

Honorary pallbearers were Johnny Ramirez, Chuck Henson, Roger Hiebert, John Pavey, Robert Pavey, Jim Pavey, Robin Cumpton, Ray Cumpton, Mike Gallagher, Dan Martinez, Mike Graham, Mike Blowers, Howard Walker, Laura Bunting and all of his many other friends.

Memorials to the John Michael Cross Jr. Memorial Fund in care of Community First National Bank, P.O. Box 1307, Douglas, would be appreciated by the family.

Converse Funeral Chapel handled arrangements.

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