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Honor Mission
Joseph Carl Cross
USAF, USAFR – Vietnam
Springfield, Missouri – 03-18-19


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.

Staging Time: 09:30 AM

Central Christian Church
1475 N. Washington St.
Springfield, Missouri 65802

Ride Captain:

Steve Simko
(210) 621-8623

Special Instructions:

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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  1. A Grateful Nation, Thanks your loved one for their service and sacrifices they have made to preserve our Country’s Freedom. I stand with my fellow Patriot Guard Riders as we Honor this Warrior. Stand down and rest in eternal peace, your mission is complete.
    Live Simply, Love Generously, Care Deeply, Speak Kindly, Leave the rest to God.

    USASA M.P. Cpl 59-62 Retired Lt. LEO.
    Ride Captain Patriot Guard
    Montgomery City, Mo.

    Riding in Honor of my Son:
    Mark D. Griffith U.S. Navy Veteran

    Riding in Memory of my Uncles:
    Mural Griffith U.S. Navy WW ll
    Orville Griffith U.S. Army WW ll
    Sterling Griffith U,S, Army WW ll
    Riding in Memory of PGR Brother/Ride Captain
    Sfc. Mark Schroeder USANG {Ret} 3/28/16

  2. When we lose a loved one one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us.
    Our most sincere condolences to you.

  3. I would like to offer my sincere condolences and prayers for your lost. May the peaceful moments and cherished memories bring you renewed strength. In the difficult days ahead do not let your heart be troubled your faith will keep you strong.

  4. My wife and I wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of this true American Hero, USAF – USAFR, Viet Nam War Veteran, Sergeant Joseph Carl Cross. We thank you for your service to a grateful nation, may your family find peace in knowing you served proudly and comfort in the months to come. May you rest in peace for your mission is now complete. I salute you.

    Robert “Bob” White
    USA (Ret) 1SG
    Vietnam Era
    Ofallon, MO

    Riding in Memory of:
    F.C. White, Sr, Tec 5 USA, WWII (Father)
    G.A. Thompson, Pvt, USA, WWI (Grandpa)
    D.A. Thompson, CMCPO, USN (Ret), Korea (Uncle)
    G.A. Thompson, Sgt, USMC, Korea (Uncle)
    L. Norris, Msgt, USAF (Ret), Vietman (Uncle)

    Riding in Honor of:
    F.C. White, Jr, Ssgt USAF, Vietnam (Brother)
    F.C. White, III, Pfc, ARNG (Nephew)
    D.B. White, PO2, USN, Vietman Era (Twin)

  5. From my family to yours… I pray your family and friends will find peace, during this time of sorrow in the loss of this US Air Force and Vietnam veteran. Our nation is grateful for your honorable service. Your service and sacrifice to our
    country should never be forgotten. We now stand for you as you once stood for us.

    Neil Hill “Nitehawk”
    USAF 1974-1978
    Riding in memory of…
    James “Bud” Hill, US Army… Brother
    SFC Mark Schroeder, US Army (RET)… PGR Brother & Ride Captain

  6. I am so sorry for the loss of your Loved One . I pray God will comfort , bless and strengthen you as you go through this time of sorrow .
    I am thankful for Mr. Cross service and sacrifice to our country in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War . He is ” Fallen not Forgotten ” may he Rest In Peace .
    In memory :
    58,479 on ” THE Wall ”
    Those still fighting physically and emotionally
    All Veterans

  7. My wife and I wish to extend our condolences on your loss.

    We stand with feet planted firmly on rich soil knowing what freedom is. Because of our veterans, I am free to honor God and country without persecution. Where there is injustice, I am free to fight. Where there is silence, I am free to speak. Where there is hate, I am free to love.

    Your love one’s watch is over, may they rest peacefully in the arms of God.

    Bruce Berg, ISC, USN (Ret)

  8. My Condolences go out to family and friends of USAF / USAFR Vietnam Veteran, Joseph Carl Cross may you rest in peace and God be with you, Thank you for your service.

  9. My wife and I offer our deepest condolences to the family of an American Hero. His service and sacrifice to our country to preserve our freedom is not and will not be forgotten. I wish him Fair Winds and Following Seas. Your mission here is completed. Rest in peace, we have the watch!

    Joseph “Mustang” Bilodeau
    LCDR USN (Ret)

  10. I pray for comfort and spiritual healing for the family of a true American Hero. His service and sacrifice to preserve our freedoms will never be forgotten and for this I am thankful.
    ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
    Revelation 21:4

    Ricky Moceri
    Missouri State Chaplain
    Patriot Guard Riders

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