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Donald L. Cross passed away December 30, 2012 at Union Park Health Care Services in Des Moines. Donald was born August 24, 1924 in Udell, Iowa, the son of Perry and Martha (Patrick) Cross. He grew up on the family farm in Unionville, Iowa. Donald served in the Merchant Marines during WWII. In 1945, he was united in marriage to Madeline May Howard. Donald worked at Lennox in Des Moines for 25 years, then Western International for 17 years, retiring to his "Madeline's Golden Acres," near Unionville for 18 years.
Donald is survived by his wife, Madeline; sons, Jerry (LeeAnne) Cross of Tarpon Springs, FL, Danny Cross of Ankeny, and Mark (Cheryl) Cross of Hollister, MO; six grandchildren, Joshua, Casey, Travis, Amanda (Stephen) Jones, Shannah (Justin) Shry, and Danielle (John) Finley; five great-grandchildren, Barrett, Noella, and Bennett Jones and Claire and Lucy Shry; and sister, Lois Kelley of Moravia. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Arthur "Burdette," Robert "Bob," and John; sister, Dolly; and great-grandson, Braden Michael.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Ave. There will be a visitation for an hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery. Condolences to www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.
Hamilton's Funeral Home
121 NW 60th Avenue Des Moines, IA 50313
Published in Des Moines Register on Jan. 1, 2013