Richard D. Cross, 83, of Rittman went home to be with his Lord and to receive his well deserved eternal reward on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Chapel Hill Retirement Community.
Richard was born March 23, 1935 in Rittman to the late Harold and Thelma (Powell) Cross and married the former Asenith Kaye “Tina” Romans on Dec. 18, 1971. She preceded him in death on Jan. 19, 2018. He retired from Orrville Products and had made his home in Rittman most of his life. He was an early member of South Main St. Church of God where he was the original piano player and over the years played the piano and sang with the Spiritual Travelers, Friends of Jesus and the Cross Family. Richard lived and loved selflessly, intentional and unconditionally and his life was his wife, his family, his church and anyone who was in need. A true servant of the Lord, he will be greatly missed.
Surviving are his children, Patrick (Mary) Cross of Deland, FL, Kami (Mike) Root of Rittman, Lori (Jack) Lyons of New Franklin, Jamie (Patty) Fryberger of Navarre and Jason (Dawn) Cross of Seville; 13 grandchildren, many wonderful great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, a son, Brett Fryberger, brothers, Harold Jr. and James and sisters, Patricia Ganas and Donna Richards.
Services will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at South Main St., Church of God with Revs. Jamie Fryberger and Jeff Ball officiating. Burial will be at Rittman Cemetery. Friends may call Saturday from 4-7 p.m. at the Church. Tributes may be shared at www.Murray-Funeral-Home.com Memorial contributions may be made to South Main S. Church of God, 261, S. Main St., Rittman, OH 44270.
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Name: Jeff Ball
Thanks Richard for your service to the Lord, and your family that you taught to Love unconditionally. You will be missed- until we hear you play the piano again...we'll keep going on for the Lord- May you rest in Him-
Name: Bonnie Tomassetti
So sorry for your great loss. So hard to lose your parents. For so long you looked up to them thinking they are invincible. Then you find out different. Much love,
Name: Jack Lyons
When you were born the world rejoiced? When you were born, you cried, and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice ~ Native American Proverb
Name: Donna Ambrose
I remember Richard from when we were in Chorus at Rittman High School. He had a wonderful singing voice and loved to sing. I am happy he used his musical talents as he served his Lord so faithfully. I also remember him as a caring parent when I taught in Rittman in the 1970's-80's. May you all be comforted by our God during this difficult time.
Name: Deb Rehm
Lori and family I'm so sorry for your loss. Praying for your family.