Douglas Earl Cross

Douglas Earl Cross was born May 24, 1949 in Wichita Kansas, and died October 8, 2021 with his family surrounding him.

Doug attended Wichita Heights High school in Wichita. After high school, he trained to become an EMT. He worked in and around the Wichita area in that capacity for a few years and then moved to Colorado. Doug loved the mountains of Colorado and settled in Bailey, where he owned and operated several businesses including Bailey Auto Body, Bailey Towing, and Conifer Auto Body. Doug was active in the community in Bailey as a volunteer firefighter as well as belonging to several civic organizations. Through his work and contributions to Sertoma, which is an organization that focuses on hearing health, he was able to improve the lives of many people. As a young man, Doug suffered a serious motorcycle accident which affected his ability to hear and also caused him to suffer back pain for the rest of his life. Doug was the guy in the background making things happen whether it be contributing to the toy drive at Christmas, or personally delivering gifts to those in need. He never turned down an opportunity to serve others.

Doug valued friendship and throughout his life stayed in contact with those he called friends. If a friend was in need, Doug would make sure he was the first one there to help. Doug was an avid bowhunter. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and owned several over the years, including a 1939 Indian, which he fully restored. He rode most of the roads in Colorado in all weather, rain, snow, and sleet, all of which can happen in Colorado within a 24-hour window. He also took a motorcycle trip from Colorado through Northwest Canada, Alaska, and The Yukon Territory with his friend Larry Day, which was the highlight of his many motorcycle trips. They rode over 10,000 miles. Doug was also a car guy and was quite proud and excited to own a 1956 fully custom-built baby blue Ford truck, twice.

As Doug’s health declined he made the hard decision to leave Colorado and return to Kansas to be with his family. Prior to his passing, he was able to spend time with his children, grandchildren, brothers, and twin sister. Doug’s family brought him joy and he was always happy to see them and participate in family activities.

He is survived by his son Rick (Susan) Cross; daughter, Sheli (Jeff Grundy); four grandchildren; siblings, Allen (Charla) Cross Jr., twin sister Diane Cross, Carson Cross, Max (Hurla Cross) and Catherine Cross.

He was preceded in death by parents Allen Sr. and Virginia Cross, as well as sister Beverly Cross.

Doug’s final resting place is Kechi Township Cemetary, 6523 North Hillside in Park City, KS. Flowers can be sent to St. Jude Catholic Church.