Robert James “Jim” Cross, 69, of Colona, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at Decatur Memorial Hospital, in Decatur, surrounded by his loving family. A funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo. The Rev. Melva England officiated. Private inurnment followed at Oakwood Cemetery, in Geneseo. A visitation was from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo. Cremation rites were accorded following the service. Memorials may be left to the Robert James Cross Memorial Fund.

Robert James “Jim” Cross, 69, of Colona, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at Decatur Memorial Hospital, in Decatur, surrounded by his loving family. A funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo. The Rev. Melva England officiated. Private inurnment followed at Oakwood Cemetery, in Geneseo. A visitation was from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo. Cremation rites were accorded following the service. Memorials may be left to the Robert James Cross Memorial Fund.

Jim was born Aug. 20, 1948, in Albany, Ga., the son of Tony J. and Helen (Rafferty) Cross. He graduated from Moline High School and attended Black Hawk College. Jim married Kathy L. Johnson on June 28, 1969, in Geneseo. He worked in industrial sales throughout his life and was co-founder of JC Cross Co., in Davenport, Iowa. Jim was a sports fanatic, especially for the Geneseo football and girls’ softball teams; following his grandchildren’s sporting events closely. He was an avid Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs fan. Jim was known for his huge hart and love for all he met. He would give and do anything for anyone. He will be fondly remembered for his generosity and love for people. Jim and his wife, Kathy, were both members of Grace United Methodist Church, in Geneseo.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Kathy; and daughters, Heather (Willie) High, of Monticello, and Megan Cross, of Champaign. His grandchildren are: Jameel, Mason and Maia High; and Gia and Kinley Cross. Three very special people he helped raise and considered his children are: Gordon Cox, of Thailand; George Cox, of Burnsville, N.C.; and Gwen (Kevin) Kaszynski, of Woodstock; along with their families. Jim was proud of and cherished all FIVE of his children. His siblings are sisters, Regina (Dan) Fraser, of Apache Junction, Ariz.; and Marge (Chris) Wagner, of Roselle; and brother, Gerald Cross, of Moline. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tony and Helen; and his mother-in-law, Gladys Johnson.