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Gary John Cross

Funeral services for Gary John Cross, 78, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 22, 2019 in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Cross passed away at 9:44 a.m., Sunday, August 18, 2019 at his home.

He was born February 3, 1941, at Des Moines, Iowa, to Claire C. Cross and Lela Bernice Tool Cross.  On August 27, 1959, he was married at Wichita, Kansas, to Marjorie Essex. He was affectionately known as Johnny by his wife of sixty years.

Before his retirement, Mr. Cross had worked at Southwest Truck Body (Now known as DRS) and Richman Oil Co. He owned Rocky Top Body Shop and went on to open and operate John’s Service Station Repair.  Mr. Cross never met a stranger.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Cross, of the family home; three children, Carl “Butch” Cross and wife, Janet, Carthage, Missouri, Tracy Asher and husband, Thomas, Pomona, Missouri and Gary John Cross, II and wife, Nancy, St. Louis, Missouri; six grandchildren, Joshua, Bryan, Jaclyn, Grant, Tommy and Christine; twelve great-grandchildren; three sisters, Clela Borysiewicz, Patricia Adey and Cleo Mahoney; brother-in-law, Dave Cockrum; close family friend, Bruce Collins; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, daughter, Winter Dawn Riley, four brothers, Bud, Jack, Ted and Bernie Cross and one sister, Kathleen Cockrum, preceded him in death.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Elijah Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or Elijah Cemetery and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at