Paul L. Cross, Sr.
Paul LeRoy Cross, Sr., age 89, former longtime Manhattan resident, died Saturday morning, January 7, 2017, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan. In recent years Paul had been residing at Vintage Park Assisted Living in Wamego, Kansas.
He was born on August 26, 1927, in Blacktown, Pennsylvania, the son of Henry LeRoy and Edith M. (Moon) Cross.
Paul was drafted into the U.S. Army in December of 1945. During a military career that spanned 22 years, he had served in the South Pacific and in Korea. It was while he was stationed at Ft. Riley in 1955 that he met his future wife, Laura Lee Parker. They were united in marriage on June 15, 1957, in Manhattan. Paul retired from the armed services in 1967 as a Staff Sergeant.
In 1970, he went to work for J.C. Penney’s in Manhattan where he was the warehouse and delivery manager until his retirement in October of 1989.
Paul was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. His hobbies included hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.
Survivors include one daughter: Audrey G. Moran and her husband Jerry of Alexandria, Virginia and one son: Dean E. Cross of Manhattan. Also surviving are nine grandchildren: Justin, Andrea, Ashley, Haleigh, Melisa, Dorothy, Hannah, Laura and Natalie and three great grandchildren: Annabelle, Olivia and Violet Moran.
Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Lee Cross on May 6, 2010. He was also preceded in death by two sons: Robert C. Cross on June 22, 1993, Paul L. Cross, Jr. on Sept. 25, 2010, and by his three sisters: Margaret Stoops, Mary Swope and Dora Downing.
The family will receive friends during a visitation from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. Thursday, January 19, 2017, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 20, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church, 801 Leavenworth Street in Manhattan with Reverend R.C. McConnell officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in the Valley View Memorial Park Cemetery east of Manhattan.
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Memorials have been established for the First Presbyterian Church, the Good Shepherd Hospice House and for Vintage Park Assisting Living. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.