Marvin Duane Cross, age 84, of rural Lamar, passed away, Monday October 19, 2015 at his residence after a short illness.
Duane was born, December 14, 1930 to Ora and Nadine (Bratton) Cross in Dade County. Duane attended Rockdale, a country grade school in Dade County, and later graduated from Golden City High School in 1949. After High School, he served in the United States Navy.
In 1953 he married Joanna Foster and they later divorced in 1978.
Duane was a farmer, and raised cattle. He drove a truck for North American Van Lines and was co-owner of the Lamar Livestock Barn for a short time. He started Cross Machinery and Salvage in 1968. In 1976, he started Cross Manufacturing, located in Mindenmines, MO, which is still operating today. Mr. Cross’ second salvage yard, known as Hilltop, was purchased in 1995 and is still operating today. He loved going to Auctions, and had traveled to Mexico and Canada, as well as 46 of the 50 states, having dipped one foot in the Atlantic Ocean and the other in the Pacific Ocean. He was a member of the former Harmony Baptist Church, and his family said that he led a very interesting life.
Preceding him in death, were his parents, Ora and Nadine Cross; an infant brother, Truman Cross; and a brother in law, H.C. Hooper Jr.
Survivors include a son Jon Cross and wife, Chris; a daughter Diana (Cross) Enright and husband Robert; a son Mark Cross and wife Marilyn; a daughter Karen Cross and fiancé Sam; one sister Zelma Hooper, all of rural Lamar; 10 grandchildren, and several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, as well as extended family and friends. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Funeral service will be 10:00 am, Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Daniel Funeral Home with burial to follow at Greenfield Cemetery, Jerico Springs, MO.
Visitation will be 6:00 to 7:00 pm Friday, October 23, 2015 at Daniel Funeral Home.
Contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Shriner’s Hospital in care of Daniel Funeral Home.
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