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Michael L. Cross, 65, Elkhart, died Tuesday, April 25, at his residence.
He was born July 12, 1951, in LaGrange, to Melvin and Marie (Steury) Cross.
On Sept. 16, 1978, he married Mary Ann (Lienhart) Cross.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Lienhart-Cross, Elkhart; sister, Patricia (Jeryl) Hochstedler, Goshen; brother-in-law, John (Wendy) Lienhart, Indianapolis; nephew, Adam (Jen) Hochstedler, Greencastle; and a niece, Danae (Justin) Bell, Goshen.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jack Cross.
Michael retired from Aggregate Industries and was most recently a substitute teacher at Concord High School.
He attended Holdeman Mennonite Church. He was a member of the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Board and a goat leader for 25 years.
He graduated from Purdue Technical School in South Bend.
Mike always loved teaching people, especially youth, who all loved him back. He enjoyed high school basketball, the Wagon Wheel Theatre, bird hunting, fishing and livestock shows.
The family would like to thank the Concord Township Fire Department, the Sheriff's Department and the neighbors for their help Tuesday night and all that will help with Mike's celebration of life.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 29, and one hour prior to the 3 p.m. service Sunday, April 30, all at the Board Office at the Elkhart County Fair Grounds, 17746 C.R. 34, Goshen. Visitors should enter through Gate 2. Pastor Randy Detweiler will officiate.
Everyone is welcome to meet at Violett Cemetery in Goshen at 11 a.m. Monday, May 1, for a graveside service.
Memorial contributions may be given to Elkhart County Extension Homemakers.
Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, Goshen, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be sent at www.rrefh.com.
Published on April 27, 2017
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