Dr. Chauncey Cross
1932 - 2019
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Dr. Chauncey Cross 1932 - 2019
Springfield, IL—Dr. Chauncey Cross passed away September 5, 2019, on his 87th birthday, at Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Dahlgren, Illinois, to Dr. Roland R. Cross and Isabel Hunter Cross. Dr. Cross was preceded in death by both parents and his brothers, Dr. Roland R. Cross Jr., Dr. James H. Cross, and Gilbert Cross.
Dr. Cross attended Hay Edwards Grade School, Springfield High School, and continued his education at Northwestern University and Loyola University School of Dentistry, graduating with a DDS degree. He then completed a residency at Hines Veteran's Hospital before returning to Springfield and establishing his dental practice.
Throughout his career, Dr. Cross was very active in dental organizations at all levels. He held every officer position in the G.V. Black District Dental Society; chaired and served on many committees for the Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS); and was Vice-President of the American Dental Association (ADA) from 1997-1998.
Dr. Cross excelled as a delegate for both the ISDS and ADA. He served as ISDS Legislative Chair for over 40 years, earning the distinction of ISDS Honorary President (2006) for his selfless and substantial involvement in governmental activities for the state and the nation.
Dr. Cross was a member of the ADA Dental Hygiene Task Force and Chairman of the ADA Task Force on Anesthesia. He was appointed by the Illinois governor to serve on the Advisory Committee for the AIDS Notification Act and chosen as lead testimony for the ADA at OSHA hearings in 1989. He received two of the ISDS's highest honors: the 2003 Distinguished Member Award and the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. Nothing speaks to his influence more than the Chauncey Cross Award, instituted in 2010 to honor Dr. Cross's high standards, personal code of conduct, and perseverance in the field of dentistry.
Dr. Cross recently celebrated 64 years of marriage with his wife, Patricia (Donnelly) Cross. He was blessed with three sons: Roland R. Cross, Dr. J. David Cross, and Dr. Brian Chauncey Cross, deceased; seven unconditionally-loved grandchildren: Samuel and Sarah (Brian and Carol), Graham, Isabel and Agnes (J. David and Susan), and Ezekiel and Jude (Roland and Susie); and many pets, including his special dog, Bonnie.
It is difficult to sum up Dr. Cross's contribution to the dental profession in so few words. Detailing his commitment to and love for family, friends, and faith would take thousands more. He was one of a kind.
Visitation and Funeral Ceremony: Those who would like to pay their respects are invited to First Christian Church (700 S. 6th Street) on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 9:00 a.m., followed by a service at 10:00 a.m. and a private burial at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the District 186 Foundation-Lee School, 1201 Bunn Ave., Springfield, IL 62703; First Christian Church, 700 S. 6th St., Springfield, IL 62703; or St. Patrick Catholic School, 1800 S. Grand Avenue East, Springfield, IL 62703.
The family of Dr. Chauncey Cross is being served by Butler Funeral Home—Springfield, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield.
Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.

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Published in The State Journal-Register from Sep. 13 to Sep. 15, 2019.
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December 19, 2019
Irene and I are so very sorry to hear of the passing of Chauncey Cross. I I had the privilege of serving on the ADA BOARD with Chauncey. He was always a classy individual. Chauncey always had the best interest of our Profession first and foremost in his every action. We wish Pat and his family our sincere sympathy. He will not be replaced.

Ross DeNicola, DDS
Ross DeNicola
December 19, 2019
I will always remember his sense of humor and his dedication to the profession.

He was a wonderful leader who will be greatly missed!

My deepest sympathies to his family.
Jane Grover
December 19, 2019
I just found out that my great friend Chauncey has passed. He was so inspirational to our profession and everyone who knew him. Dentistry has lost a hero and he will be missed by everyone who knew him. I am honored that I had the opportunity to work with him to improve the profession he loved so much. Pat and his family are in our thoughts and prayers and may the memories of his exceptional life bring comfort to all. Karen and Hank Finger
Henry Finger
December 19, 2019
Henry Finger
September 20, 2019
Pat, Please accept my deepest sympathy Chauncey was the model of a gentleman. I lost my Pat on the 12th and we have holes in our hearts but must reflect on the privilege that we were blessed to share our lives with the best partners we could have hoped for.
Todd Cubbon
September 19, 2019
Pat and family. A kinder, gentler person I have never met. That was Chauncey. His integrity was far above reproach. For 30 years, he was a great inspiration for me at ISDS and consistently showed his deep concern for patients and dentistry. Topped off by his wonderful sense of humor, we will long remember him and will miss him dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you who were closest to him.
Bob and Mary Rechner
September 16, 2019
Chauncey, thank you for investing yourself in my life when I came to town to practice. I know you did this for so many people and I'm grateful I was one. To Pat and the Cross family, you are in our prayers and we pray the Lord will extend His comfort and compassion on your family at this time.

Eric and Terri Woolbright
September 16, 2019
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Charles Czerepak
September 16, 2019
Dr. Cross was an inspiration to all of us. He was a intelligent kind man. He will be missed.
Drs Nancy Hijjawi and Charles Czerepak
September 16, 2019
I had the distinct honor of working with Dr Cross on many legislative issues and his dedication to his profession was unsurpassed.He will be greatly missed by all.
Dave Marsh
September 16, 2019
Dr. Cross was my dentist for many years. He was such a kind and gentle man. I am so sorry for your loss.
Becky Gulley
September 14, 2019
To Dr. Cross' Family ~
Upon reading this obituary and being told many nice things about Dr. Cross, especially those said by our pastor Rev Rick Irwin, I sure wish I had known him. It seems fitting that Dr. Cross went to his Heavenly Home on his birthdate. Beautiful! May wonderful memories help fill the void created by his leaving. God be with all of you!
Marlene Robinson
September 14, 2019
Dr Cross was my Dentist from 1986 until he retired. He was always gracious and a tribute to his profession. I extend prayers and sympathy to his family. My respect for and gratitude to him is significant. May he enjoy the eternal reward he so deserves.
Sr Marilyn Jean Runkel
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