CATTARAUGUS - Gordon E. Cross, 72, of Mill Street, passed away Tuesday (Dec. 25, 2012) at Olean General Hospital.
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He was born Feb. 17, 1940, a son of the late Willis and Arminda Burdick Cross. On March 7, 1987, he married the former Betty Jane Weaver, who predeceased him May 31, 2010.
Mr. Cross was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1962. He was a member of the Little Valley American Legion and AMVETS and was a social member of the Little Valley VFW and the Cattaraugus Fireman's Club. He was an avid bowler and sports fan.
He is survived by a son, John C. Cross of Elk Grove, Calif.; two daughters, Wendy Joy (Joel) Breth of Stevensville, Md., and Holly Lynn Cross of Dayton, Ohio; a stepson, Joseph Alan (Tonia) Phillips of North Carolina; three stepdaughters, Teri Lynn Miles of Little Valley, Arminda Rebecca Joyce of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Jami Marie Shaul of Salamanca; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, John Henry (Sue) Cross of Little Valley and Frank (Marian) Cross of Tennessee; three sisters, Laura Mansour of Little Valley, Helen Gifford of Randolph and Shirley Smith of Ellington; a sister-in-law, Bernice Cross of Pennsylvania; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his wife, he was predeceased by three brothers, Robert, Norman and James Cross; a sister, Doris Phillips; and a sister-in-law, Sharon Cross.
Friends may call Saturday (Dec. 29, 2012) at the Mentley Funeral Home Inc., Rock City Street, Little Valley, from 2 until 3 p.m., at which time funeral services will be held with the Rev. Sue Fish officiating.
Burial will be in Little Valley Rural Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to any local veterans organization or the Cattaraugus Ambulance Service.
Published in The Olean Times Herald from Dec. 28, 2012 to Jan. 27, 2013