Haymond Edwin “Ed” Cross Sr., 83, of Cleveland, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018.
He was born on July 12, 1934, to the late Haymond A. and Marilou Dyer Cross.
He was of the Methodist faith. He graduated from Chattanooga High School and went on to study engineering at Chattanooga State and packaging design at Michigan State.
In addition to his parents, he was proceeded in death by his brother, Carl Cross; and sister, June Payne.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Linda Flowers Cross; sons: Ed Cross Jr., and Jim and his wife, Karin, Cross; stepson, Richmond and his wife, Missy, Flowers; daughter, Sandy Vallejo; grandchildren: Tiffany and husband, Jeff Renfro, Natalie and husband, Jimmy Treadway, Emily Cross, Shellie Vellejo, Ja and wife, Lindsey Vallejo, Maren Cross, Sandra Cross, Chandler and husband, Blake, Goodner, Mackenzie Flowers, and Gabriel Flowers; great-grandchildren: Harper, Evans and Grant Treadway, Marley Flowers, Colt, Wesley and Elliot Murphy; and several nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
He was a lifetime NRA member. He loved golf and served on the board of directors of the Cleveland Golf and Country Club. He was a member of Post 81 American Legion, as well as the Elks Lodge.
He retired in 2000 from Willamette Corrugated Industries as a container salesman. In his position, he designed several of the corrugated packaging products. He had previous employment with Magic Chef in design engineering and was also employed with Combustion Engineering in the nuclear division. He excelled as an entrepreneur, creating many valuable products for local industry. Prior to these positions, he served in the U.S. Air Force, and Air National Guard Reserves from 1952 to 1966, where he trained in advanced ground radio.
Serving as casketbearers will be Ja Vallejo, Gabe Flowers, Brett Dunn, Rocky Casteel, Blake Casteel, and Blake Goodner. Serving as honorary casket bearer will be Rodney Urban.
The family will receive friends from 2 until 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services, North Ocoee Chapel.
A graveside military service will follow for family and close friends at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
We encourage you to share your memories and or condolences with the family by going to www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.
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