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Kenneth Harrison Cross, Sr., age 91, a longtime resident of Sheridan, passed away Tuesday morning, March 3, 2015 at his home under the loving care of his family and Ionia Area Hospice. The only son of Fred M. & Eva Marie (Mankey) Cross, he was born on May 16, 1923 in New Buffalo.

A veteran of World War II, Ken proudly served two tours of duty with the U.S. Army, first as a mortar crewman and then as a light machine gunner and was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. In 2003, Representative Dave Camp presented Ken with nine medals including the Bronze Star medal for bravery and valor in combat.

A mechanic by trade, Ken retired as a truck driver and was a life long tinkerer. A devoted husband and father, Ken enjoyed gardening, NASCAR racing, and watching the old western movies with his beloved dog and loyal companion, Buddy.

On August 28, 1945, at Greenville, he married Mabel Lucille Knapp and together they raised four children and enjoyed almost 55 years of marriage. Ken was a loving husband who cared for Mabel until her death on June 29, 2000. He was also preceded in death by his parents; two half-sisters, Helen and Gladys; and three half-brothers, Howard, Donald, and George.

Surviving are four children, Kenneth Jr. & June Cross of Lakeview, Gary L. Cross of Loretto, Pennsylvania, Ronnie R. & Peppy Cross of St. Johns, and Christine Sue Campbell of Belding; nine grandchildren, Gordon, Don, Dan, Janelle, Eric, Sheri, Steve, Kevin, and Joanna; nine great grandchildren; four step-great grandchildren; and one great-great grandson. Also surviving are a sister, June Roberts of Greenville, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation is from 12-1 p.m. on Friday at Langston Church (one block east of M-91 in downtown Langston) where funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday. Pastor Robert Morris will officiate and military honors, rendered by the U.S. Army, will conclude the ceremonies.

A luncheon will follow the service and burial at Lakeview Cemetery will take place at a later date. Instead of flowers, Ken would have appreciated contributions in his memory to the Langston Church. Envelopes will be available at the church. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Ken’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: Arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.


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  1. Anonymous on March 3, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Posted by: sheri
    I will hold on to every memory I have of you. Most important is the last one. A few weeks ago when I was there to cut your hair. I will hold on to the hug you gave and how you giggled when I told you how handsome you looked with your new cut. I love you and will see you again. Give grandma a hug from me.
    Love, Sheri


  2. Robert Christiansen on March 5, 2015 at 12:00 am

  3. ... on March 17, 2015 at 12:00 am


    Danielle and Deb
    Ken Jr and June-You are in our thoughts and prayers during this dificult time. Remember to stay strong.


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