Edward Ellsworth "Sonny" Cross

1931 - 2018

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Edward Ellsworth “Sonny” Cross passed away November 27, 2018 at the age of 87 in Findlay, Ohio. He was born in Georgesville, Ohio on February 26, 1931 to the late Ward and Urcie (Hatters) Cross of Pickaway County, Ohio. He attended Wayne Township School in Pickaway County, Ohio before joining the U.S. Navy at eighteen in March 1949. He served for one year as a helmsman on the U.S.S. Breckenridge, a troop transport ship in the South Pacific. He re-enlisted in the Navy in August 1950, serving on the historic U.S.S. Missouri (BB63) as a third-class petty officer in the Korean War. While serving on the U.S.S. Missouri, he took advantage of numerous training programs, including the Navy’s select underseas demolition training program, a demanding program that is now part of the U.S. Navy Seals Special Operations. Ed also made two trips for midshipman training in Europe, serving as part of the Rhine River Patrol in Germany. He was discharged in 1954, receiving the Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, National Service Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal. After serving in the Navy, he worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad for 11 years and then the General Electric Service Shop in Columbus, Ohio for 30 years, retiring in 1990 from the General Electric Diamond Plant in Columbus, Ohio. Ed was active in church ministry, teaching the Bethel Bible Series at Trinity Lutheran Church in Circleville, Ohio, and Living Christ Lutheran Church in Columbus, Ohio. He served with Man to Man Ministries, a prison discipleship ministry. Ed also served as a Boy Scout Troop Leader for four years. “Sonny” enjoyed spending time with family and friends, listening to bluegrass music, telling jokes, and giving sage wisdom. His love of bluegrass led him to join a bluegrass band in Circleville, Ohio for several years. He was an amateur songwriter and musician, playing the dulcimer, banjo, and guitar well into his seventies. Ed lived an active life riding Harley Davidson motorcycles, canoeing, and visiting all 50 states, plus Jamaica and Bahamas with his wife of 64 years, Mary Ellen Cross. One of his favorite destinations was his yearly trip to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, to visit the ocean. Ed furthermore was always extremely active in his local community, completing the Hancock County Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy Advanced Class in 2008 and volunteering regularly at the Hancock County Right to Life booth at the county fair. He was a member of the VFW, The American Battleship Association, The Navy League of the U.S.A., and the American Legion. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Margaret Hines, Mary Welsh, and Olive Cross. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Ellen (Essinger) Cross; daughter, Valerie Cross; daughter, Pamela Cross; four granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by many friends that will miss him dearly. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 2:00pm at CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Arlington, with Rev. Al Schnipke officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 30 from 1:00pm-4:00pm and on Saturday for one hour prior to the service (1:00pm-2:00pm). Burial will be at Arlington Cemetery where full military rites will be provided by the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad. Donations can be made in his memory to Hancock County Right to Life, Redeemer Lutheran Church in Findlay, Ohio, and Mount Zion Methodist Church in Mount Blanchard, Ohio.


Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    CRATES FUNERAL HOME [Map]
    620 N. Main St
    Arlington, Ohio
    Friday, November 30th 2018 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Saturday, December 1st 2018 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Saturday, December 1st 2018 - 2:00 PM

  • Service Location:

    CRATES FUNERAL HOME [Map]
    620 North Main Street
    Arlington, Ohio 45814

  • Final Resting Place:

    Arlington Cemetery [Map]
    18470 Twp Rd 71
    Arlington, Ohio 45814

  • Contributions:

    Hancock County Right to Life - Cross
    For Online Donations, please select above link.
    P.O. Box 1787
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

    Redeemer Lutheran Church - Cross
    For Online Donations, please select above link
    301 E. Sandusky St.
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

    Mt. Zion United Methodist Church - Cross
    For Online Donations, please select above link
    20984 County Road 183
    Arlington, Ohio 45814

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To : Pam
Date :Thursday, November 29th 2018
From : Carol CLC Labs
So sorry to hear about your Dad. My prayers will be with you and your family. Love Carol



To : Mrs Pam and Sis Jessica
Date :Friday, November 30th 2018
From : Pastor Sanjeev and Lifeline Church family
Dear Mrs. Pam and Sis. Jessica,

Our deepest condolences on the passing of your Dad/Grandpa. Passing of a loved one is painful, even though we know that he is with the Lord. The church family will continue to uphold you in prayers. May the Lord grant you comfort and strength.

1 Thessalonians 4:13‭-‬18 NLT - And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died. We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words.



To : Mary Ellen
Date :Friday, November 30th 2018
From : Mark Gallina
We are sorry about our Uncle Sonny. I truly cherish the Thanksgiving you hosted us, and am grateful for it. On behalf of my immediate family, our thoughts are with you.



To : The Cross family
Date :Saturday, December 1st 2018
From : M Rose
I’m so sorry to learn about your loss of your beloved Mr. Cross. I know that he will be dearly missed, but may the resurrection promised by Christ Jesus comfort you during this time of great sorrow. (John 5:28; Acts 24:15)



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