Gerald D. Cross, 88, of Morrisonville, passed away at 6:09 a.m. on Friday, April 29, 2022 at Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation.
Gerald was born August 9, 1933, in Coulterville, the son Roy and Etta Mae Cross. He married Beverley Ann (Newingham) Walden on December 28, 1987, and they have enjoyed over 34 years of marriage.
Gerald worked for over 30 years as a coal miner at Peabody #10, and he was a member of the UMWA. He was an avid outdoorsman, having enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping. Gerald especially loved raising hunting dogs.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Leah Stone; and step-sons, Walter and Randy Walden.
Gerald is survived by his wife, Beverley Cross of Morrisonville; children, Barbara (husband, Bill) Chamberlain of Kissimmee, FL, Norma Cross of Taylorville, and Michael (wife, Cherrie) Cross of Mineral Wells, TX; step-sons, Dennis (wife, Della) Walden of Jacksonville, Steven Walden of Jacksonville, Kenny Walden of Meredosia, Craig (Shannon Smith) Walden of Morrisonville, Neil (wife, Alice) Walden of Morrisonville, and Andy Walden of Morrisonville; special grandson, Jess and several other grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and special son, Jeff Castille of Illiopolis.
Private burial will be held at Morrisonville Cemetery.
The family has entrusted Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home in Morrisonville with ceremonies.
Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Gerald or offer condolences to his family.