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Richard Earl Cross

June 24, 1944 - August 19, 2021

U.S. Veteran

Service Date: September 10, 2021

Funeral Home James Wilson Funeral Home

A service in celebration of Richard’s life and officiated by The Rev. Dr. Philip A. Bouknight, Pastor of Trinity Ecumenical Parish will be held Friday, September 10th at Noon in the James Wilson Funeral Home, 143 Gravity Rd. Lake Ariel, PA.

Friends may call Friday from 11am until the time of the service, and the family requests that masks be worn for visitation and the service.

Interment with military honors will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, South Sterling, PA.

 

The family encourages that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr. Moneta, VA  24121, noting Memorial Gift Fund on the check.  Contributions may also be made through the parish website at https://www.trinityecumenical.org/, clicking on Make a Contribution.

Richard Earl Cross, 77, of Delaware, died August 19th at his home in Magnolia, DE. His wife of 54 years is Nancy Snow Cross of Wakefield, MA, and they met at Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA.  Married in 1967, the couple resided for 19 years in the Greater Scranton Area, 21 years in the Lehigh Valley, PA, 10 years at Smith Mountain Lake, VA, and most recently in Magnolia, DE.

 

Born in Philadelphia, Richard was the son of the late Dr. Albert James and Carolyn Lansing Cross who preceded him in death. He graduated from the former Scranton Central High School, Scranton, PA and majored in Mathematics at Lycoming College.   He was a member of Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Smith Mountain Lake and was a proud United States Air Force veteran who served on active duty during the Vietnam War.    He provided contract services to the printing industry for more than 30 years and was also the owner of Cross Coin Company.  Throughout his career, Richard developed extensive expertise in the history, minting and printing of US coins and currency.

 

Richard was a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists and the Scranton Coin Club, serving both organizations as President, and also was a lifetime member of the numismatic specialty organization Early American Coppers.  He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed antiques, numismatics and related history.   He especially enjoyed sharing his knowledge with others.  Richard was recognized by the American Numismatists Association for his support of numismatics and National Coin Week in 1985 and also received the organization’s Presidential Award for outstanding contributions to the American Numismatic Association and the coin collecting community.  The Scranton Coin Club presented Richard its Outstanding Member Award in October 2003 for his many years of diligent and loyal service to the club.  In 2004, Richard was the recipient of the Frank Gasparro Award presented by the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists at their Annual Convention to Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Numismatist.  Frank Gasparro was the US Mint’s 10th Chief Engraver.

 

Also surviving are daughter Jennifer Cross Reyer and son-in-law Aaron Reyer of the Lehigh Valley, twin brother AJ Cross and sister-in-law Joan Scott Cross of Scranton; brother Lawrence Friend Cross, Newton, NJ; sister Susan Lynn Cross, Worthington, OH; sister-in-law Susan Snow Atwater, Collierville, TN; grandson Kyle Aaron Reyer; and several nieces and nephews.

 

A service in celebration of Richard’s life and officiated by The Rev. Dr. Philip A. Bouknight, Pastor of Trinity Ecumenical Parish will be held Friday, September 10th at Noon in the James Wilson Funeral Home, 143 Gravity Rd. Lake Ariel, PA.

 

Friends may call Friday from 11am until the time of the service, and the family requests that masks be worn for visitation and the service.

Interment with military honors will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, South Sterling, PA.

 

The family encourages that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to Trinity Ecumenical Parish, 40 Lakemount Dr. Moneta, VA  24121, noting Memorial Gift Fund on the check.  Contributions may also be made through the parish website at https://www.trinityecumenical.org/, clicking on Make a Contribution.

 

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