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March 7, 1935 – Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Service Information
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church; Buffalo, MN
Tuesday; February 9, 2016
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Monday; February 8, 2016
4 – 8 PM; 7 PM prayer service

John “Jerry” Michael Cross Jr., age 80, of Buffalo, passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He was born March 7, 1935 in Austin, MN, the son of John Michael Sr. and Hazel Ovedia (Olson) Cross.

Jerry was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin, MN.

He is a 1953 graduate from Pacelli High School in Austin, MN. He is a proud veteran, serving four years in the US Air Force. He worked for General Motors parts division for 30 years in Edina, MN.

On May 7, 1977 John Michael Cross Jr. and Phyllis Kay Young were united in marriage at Baptist Church in Minnetonka, MN by Pastor Paul Evan. The two renewed their vows on March 7, 1986 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo by Father Maynard Kegler.

Jerry was a member of the United Auto Workers Club and he and Phyllis were on golfing and bowling leagues. Jerry was very passionate about sports. He knew many details and statistics about sports and he sponsored little league baseball teams when he lived in California and coached little league baseball in Buffalo for many years. He enjoyed his yearly duck hunting and fishing trips with his friend, Al Jirele.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Collin Cross.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Phyllis Cross of Buffalo; son, Robert Cross of CA; daughter, Eva (Craig) Gage and their children, Cheyenne and Benjamin of Buffalo; brother and sisters; Terryl (Gary) Sherman of Apple Valley, William “Bill” (Jane) Cross of Blaine, Theanne (Gary) Bjerke of CA; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

6 Guestbook Entries

  1. Dyane Kyllonen

    Dear Phyllis,
    I am so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Kenny & Dyane Kyllonen

  2. Don Carlson

    My sympathy to all of the members of the Cross family. Jerry and his friend Al Jierle, in the 1940s, would come to Mason City, Iowa, in the Summer and visit Grandmother Cross. Jerry was a good man. God Bless.

  3. Jim Heiser

    Phyllis: Sorry to here about Jerry. Jerry and I worked together at GM for a long time. He will be missed by his family and friends. Strange how we lose connection and time flies by and then it is over.

  4. Richard Jacobson

    We are so sad to learn of Jerry’s passing. Worked with him for many years at General Motors. Will remember the good times. Heartfelt condolences to Phyllis and the family.
    Dick and Char Jacobson

  5. John Carroll

    Our condolences on your loss. I worked with Jerry for many years at GM. I looked up to him as a mentor, he always listened and gave me his words of wisdom.

  6. Nancy Engfer

    Jerry played an important part in my life growing up. I was there quite often as I was best friends with his daughter. He has never been far from my mind as there are things a person does as an adult that trigger memories. For me, I remember being over there and he was always watching “boring” television shows. I would think to myself “How can you sit there?”. Well, now it is me sitting there watching “intelligent” television and it has made me think of him many times over the years.


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