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CROSS, Gordon E.

CROSS - Gordon E. Loving Husband, Father and Grandfather, of 2647 West River Rd., Olean, NY, passed away September 21, 2013, in Buffalo General Hospital, following a lengthy illness. Gordon was born May 21, 1937 in Buffalo, NY, and was a son of Earl R. and Miriam Berg Cross. On March 29, 1964, in the Calvary Lutheran Church of Buffalo, he married Gail M. Ranney, who survives. Gordon was a 1955 graduate of Burgard High School. Gordon served his country in the U.S. Navy from October 17, 1961- October 9, 1963 and also served in the Navy Reserves before and after his active duty. Gordon worked for the Courier Express in Buffalo for several years. He also worked for Hoover Vacuum Cleaners in the AM&A's stores for a short period of time before being hired by AM&A's directly and working in several of their Buffalo area stores before moving to Olean in 1979 and retiring in 1990. Gordon worked for Shadow Dancers in Angelica, NY for about five years. He then went to work for about eight years at The Rehabilitation Center in Olean, where he held many positions, but was most noted for being the manager of the North Sixth Street Residence Home. He retired from the Rehabilitation Center in 2003. Gordon was very active in many roles in all of the churches he belonged to throughout his life, including the Gethsemane Church in Buffalo, Redeemers Church in Colden, NY, St. Paul's Church in West Falls, NY, Friendship Church in Amherst, NY, Bethany Lutheran Church in Olean and he was currently a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Olean. In 2003, Gordon became active on the Olean School Board and has been a member of the board for the last 10 years. He was passionate about positively influencing young people, which is evident by the multitude of friends that called him Dad and Grandpa. Gordon was a faithful New York Yankees and Buffalo Sabres fan, loved coaching baseball, woodworking and was a member of the Rotary Club. His true enjoyment came from his family, especially his grandchildren whom he dearly loved. In addition to his loving wife of 49 years, surviving are four children: Barbara A. Evans of Stevensville, MD, Brian M. (Susan) Cross of Olean, David G. (Gail) Cross of Cuba, NY and Daryl T. (Tabatha) Cross of Stanfield, NC; eight grandchildren: Jessica Pasieka, Mary Pasieka, Matthew Flick, Savannah Evans, Brendan Cross, Logan Cross, Micah Evans and Tyler Cross; a great-grandson Carter A. Mooney; five godchildren: Peter Talboys, Kathleen Brogan, Sara Cheney, Debbie Davern and Emily Kaufmann. Friends will be received in the Bethany Lutheran Church on Sunday, October 6, 1-3 PM, at which time a Memorial Service will be held. The Rev. Marie Meeks, Pastor, and the Rev. Dr. Derek Cheek, Pastor, of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, will co-officiate. Burial with full military honors accorded by the Allegany American Legion Charles Harbel Post 892 will be in the Mount View Cemetery Veteran Field of Honor. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 4th and Laurens St., Olean, the Bethany Lutheran Church, 6 Leo Moss Dr., Olean, or to the Olean City School District Foundation, 410 West Sullivan St., Olean, NY 14760. Arrangements are under the direction of the Letro-McIntosh-Spink
Funeral Home, Inc., 646 East State St., Olean 14760. Online condolences may be made at www.Letro

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