Thomas Cross

Died: Tue., Mar. 17, 2015

Graveside Service

11:00 AM Sat., Mar. 28, 2015
Location: Parsons Cemetery

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Thomas ‘Tom’ Benton Cross, age 48, of Silsbee, Texas, died Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at his home.  The son of Jerome ‘Jerry’ and Mary McKee Cross, he was born on January 13, 1967 in Burlington.  His father preceded him in death in 2014.

Tom graduated from Wapello High School in 1985 and from the University of Iowa with a degree in electrical engineering.  He worked as an electrical engineer in locations of Macon, Georgia and Texarkana, Texas and was currently employed with Richard Industrial Group in Beaumont, Texas.

He enjoyed bicycling, fishing, canoeing, and simply being outdoors.

Tom is survived by his mother, Mary Cross of Wapello; two sisters, Elizabeth Kuhlemeyer of Morning Sun and Sarah & Jesse Wright of Ottumwa; a nephew, Michael Vancil of Edwardsville, Illinois; three nieces, Samantha, Gwynne, and Zoey Wright of Ottumwa; and his dog, Beau.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at the Parsons Cemetery, rural Wapello.  A fellowship luncheon will follow the graveside service.

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Jiovanny Gomez
   Posted Tue March 24, 2015
My deepest condolences for your loss. I will surely miss his quirky sense of humor and practical jokes around the office.

Lale Capps
   Posted Tue March 24, 2015
Mary, Elizabeth and Sarah,

I wish there were words to comfort you in the loss of your son and brother. Tom was a great colleague and I'll miss the way he could always make me laugh.

You have my deepest condolences and will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Kirk Barnes
   Posted Tue March 24, 2015
Please accept my sincerest condolences for the loss of Tom.

I first met Tom when we worked at CB&I and he was in the cubical across from me. Every morning when I came in to work, my mouse was somehow tampered with. He had either put tape across the sensor or unplugged it from the computer.
That was the start of a 7 year friendship. I will miss his sense of humor greatly.

Kindest Regards,

Kirk Barnes

Will Rogers
   Posted Tue March 24, 2015
Sorry for your loss...

Keith F. Hebert
   Posted Tue March 24, 2015
In the name of Jesus Christ, may you Rest In Peace Thomas ... Amen

Kevin Van Dorn
   Posted Tue March 24, 2015
I knew Tom since working with him at Chicago Bridge and Iron. When I started at Richard Industrial Group, my office was across from Tom's. We talked almost everyday and I am saddened to hear of his passing.
May God bless you during this time.

Wendell Tatarchuk
   Posted Tue March 24, 2015
I had the privilege of working with Tom during his employment in Beaumont. He was a respected fellow employee and very good at his job. He always gave it his best. Just the other day he came by my desk to discuss some design drawings. He will be missed by all of us. My condolences.

Betty and Mike Williams
   Posted Tue March 24, 2015
My heart goes out to you and your family Mary. Hugs and prayers!

Dale and Evelyn Massner
   Posted Wed March 25, 2015
Our hearts go out to all of you at the loss of Tom. We will miss his visits that he almost always made when he was back in Wapello

Keith Massner
   Posted Wed March 25, 2015
Mary, E-bits, Sarah-

You have my deepest deepest sympathy over your loss.

I regret not having spent more time with him over the last 20 years or so. The entertainment and the good times he shared with me through life were one of a kind. There will never be another Tom.

If there's anything at all I can do to help in any way, please do not hesitate to let me know.

With all my love forever,

Shane Dean
   Posted Sun March 29, 2015
I am very sorry for your loss. I've known Tom since he moved to southeast Texas from back in our paper mill days. Tom always had a quick-witted, hard-edged sense of humor that was tough to top. He'll be missed around here. I hope you all are able to find comfort during this time.

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