Joseph Carl Cross
USAF, USAFR – Vietnam
Springfield, Missouri – 03-18-19
ABOUT THE MISSION:
The family of USAF Sgt. Joseph Carl Cross has honored the Patriot Guard Riders with a request for an escort from the Central Christian Church to our hero’s final resting place at the Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Springfield, MO and there to stand a flag line where full military honors will be rendered. Hero CROSS was born in Springfield Missouri on Feb. 6, 1945 and died March 13, 2019. He and his wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2016 prior to her preceding him in death. Hero CROSS proudly and honorably served our country from 1964 to 1966 and rose to the rank of Sgt., E-4, earning the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Medal 900-3, and several other citations. He was stationed at Bein Hoa AFB while in Vietnam. He followed his active duty with 2 years in the Air Force Reserves until 1970. Following his service, hero CROSS worked as a highly skilled carpenter. He had a natural talent for building things. Over the years he built many houses as he worked for various building contractors. For a few years he worked at Silver Dollar City and participated in the construction of several of the shops still present there today. Joe ended his carpentry career working for Cowherd Construction. Joe was a faithful member of Central Christian Church for many years and enjoyed serving in many areas when called upon. He grew up in Springfield and attended Campbell Elementary, Pipkin Junior High, and Central High School. While at Central Joe was very active in FFA and attended the national convention. After high school, Joe enrolled at then SMS and participated in ROTC. This experience led him to volunteer for Air Force service. Joe and his wife enjoyed traveling, reading and collecting Native American artifacts. Over the years, their traveled to overseas destinations and many of the fifty states including Alaska and Hawaii. He is survived by his son, brother and many nieces and nephews and was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Mary Jane, and daughter Michelle.
PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 03-18-19
Staging Time: 09:30 AM
Central Christian Church
1475 N. Washington St.
Springfield, Missouri 65802
STAGE: 9:30 am
BRIEF: 9:45 am
VISITATION: 10:00 am
SERVICE: 11:00 am
FINAL SALUTE: 12:00 pm
ESCORT: 12:15 pm
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 12:30 pm, Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, 3506 N. National, Springfield, MO 65807.
WEATHER FORECAST: 43 deg., winds at 6 mph, and 0% chance of rain.
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.
Submitted By: steve simko
Position: Missouri Ride Captain
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