HARTSBURG — Wendell R. Cross, 94, of Hartsburg, passed away Sunday (May 12, 2019) at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.

Wendell was born July 8, 1924, in Hartsburg, the son of Rudolph and Pearl Goodpastor Cross. He married Georgene Leesman on May 5, 1945, in Idaho. She preceded him in death on March 23, 2004.

Wendell is survived by his three sons, Gary (Janet) Cross, Emden; Tom (Kay) Cross, Clinton; and Rick (Cathy) Cross, Minier; his grandchildren, Angie, Doug, Brad, Stacy, Ryan, David, Tony, Dustin and Brent; and his 14 great-grandchildren.

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Wendell was a farmer in the Hartsburg and Emden area his entire life. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II from 1944-1946. He was also very active in many organizations including the Hartsburg American Legion Post 1146, the Farm Bureau, St. John's Brotherhood, and served as secretary of Hartsburg Grain for many years. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Illinois State athletics fan.

Services for Wendell will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Hartsburg, with a visitation one hour prior to the service. An evening visitation will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday also at the church. Burial will follow the services at Hartsburg Union Cemetery, Hartsburg. Memorial donations may be made in Wendell's name to St. John's Lutheran Church or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

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