1921 – 2014
Mr. Gordon William Cross of Red Deer, went to be with his Lord and Saviour on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 passing peacefully at the Red Deer Hospital Centre at the age of 92 years, just short of his 93rd birthday. Gordon was born in Olds, AB but raised on the farm at Amisk AB. At the age of 14, Gordon built a windmill and generator which supplied lighting to the farmhouse. At age 16 was appointed foreman of a construction company to construct roadways in the Amisk area. Gordon enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force during WW11 where he was an aircraft mechanic but was not called overseas. During this time Gordon met Josephine Henry who he married in 1945. After the war Gordon and Jo lived in Olds where he worked in the furniture business before moving his family to Red Deer in 1951. In 1953, Gordon and Ben Roth incorporated Cross and Roth Real Estate Ltd. in Red Deer and was well respected in the real estate and business communities. Gordon eventually formed his own construction company specializing in residential housing with treated wood basements. He also used his exceptional engineering ability to build his own prototype temperature control system for residential and commercial use. Gordon was a long-standing member of First Baptist Church in Red Deer where he served faithfully for many years. Following his retirement, Gordon pursued his hobbies involving electronics. Gordon leaves to mourn and will lovingly be remembered by son Steve (Lorraine) of Red Deer; daughters Jennifer Cross of Penhold, Susan (Gary) Oosterhoff of Red Deer, and Catherine Cross of Red Deer; brother Ken (Stella) Cross of Edmonton; sister Betty Cwicklewich of Red Deer; and sister-in-law Charlotte Doerksen of Red Deer. Gordon will also be lovingly remembered by his eight grandchildren, Lindsay (Paul) Gustafson, Scott (Ayumi) Romans, Eric Oosterhoff, Michelle Romans, Christine Romans, Lesley Oosterhoff, Mike Young, Emily Young (Shaun Wielinga); as well as his great grandchildren Ewan and Mila, Rylee, Evan, Kye and Shaun. Also mourning Gordon’s passing are numerous nieces and nephews. Gordon was predeceased by his loving wife Josephine in 2010. He loved and was greatly loved by his family and will be deeply missed. A Memorial Service to celebrate Gordon’s life will be held at the First Baptist Church, 4310 – 39 Street, Red Deer, AB on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, 1502, 8215 – 112 St NW, Edmonton AB T6G 9Z9 or to the Kids with Cancer Society, 11135 – 84 Ave, Edmonton AB, T6G 0V9 (on-line at www.kidswithcancer.ca).
Condolences to Gordon’s family may be emailed to
Red Deer 587-876-4944