Lewis Douglas Cross Jr., age 68, Joplin, Mo., passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2006.
Doug was born June 18, 1937, in Blackwell, Oklahoma, to Lewis Douglas Cross Sr. and Maudie Heath Cross. He graduated high school from Rose Hill, Kansas, and earned an associate’s degree in business from Arkansas Junior College. Doug worked as a quarry and mining salesman for Quarry Supply and retired from Horton Supply Co. in Springfield, Mo. He was a member of College Heights Christian Church.
Doug married Jewett Ann Steele Nov. 14, 1959, in Wichita, Kansas.
He is survived by his wife; and three children, Kerry Brown and husband, Doug, of Greenville, Miss., Andrea O’Neill and husband, Tom, of Shawnee, KS, and son, John Cross, of Joplin. His pride and joy are his grandchildren by birth order, Jacob Brown, Sydney Cross, Kyle Cross, Ryan O’Neill, Ashley O’Neill, Cameron Brown, Sarah O’Neill, Skylar Cross, Tyson Cross and Brett Brown. He is also survived by two brothers, Richard Cross and wife, Ann, of Russell, KS, and Ed Cross and wife, Cora, of Overland Park, KS He also is survived by five sisters, Geneva Teachman and husband, Melvin, Louisa Spiser and husband, Jim, Darlene Ruch and husband, Richard, Ila Vorasaph, of Bangkok, Thailand, and Nila Branch and husband, Claude, of Winfield, KS He will also be missed by numerous nieces and nephews.
Doug played an integral role in the development of Blinzler Softball Complex with Girl’s Little League Softball. He served as head umpire for many years and officiated the Girl’s Little League World Series in 1978, at Baxter Springs, KS Doug ended his involvement with Girl’s Little League by managing the senior league team, “The Bad News Bears.” He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed.
A memorial service was held on Sunday, May 7, at 5 p.m. at Mason-Woodard Mortuary.
Donations accepted for the College Heights Christian Church Building Fund.