He was born Sept. 11, 1944, in Fort Scott the son of Paul Buford Cross and Kathryn Ethel Short Cross.
Bill was a 1962 graduate of Fort Scott High School. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in construction science from Pittsburg State University.
He married Beverly Murrow on June 25, 1965, in Fort Scott. In his earlier years he worked for Montgomery Ward Co. and worked with Glen Beth and Bill Lewis Construction. He was employed by Martin Eby Construction Company in Wichita, Kan.
While living in Wichita, he owned and operated a Maaco auto painting business. His later years of employment were with Avery Construction Company in Buena Vista, Colo., prior to retirement and moving to the Blue Mound area.
He was proud of obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout. His hobbies included hunting and fishing, stock car and motorcycle racing and antique cars. Bill especially enjoyed spending time with grandsons and watching sports, especially KU basketball.
Survivors include his wife Beverly, of the home; one son, Steven Paul Cross and wife Wendy, Durango, Colo., daughter, Teresa Henderson and husband Michael, Athens, Ala., two brothers, Norman Cross and wife Sandy, Overland Park, Kan., and Gary Cross and wife Jean, Eugene, Ore.
Also surviving are two grandsons, Joshua and Paul Cross, and five nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pastor Joe Perkins will conduct funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Cheney Witt Chapel.
Cremation will follow funeral services with private family burial Tuesday in the Boulware Cemetery west of Mapleton.
The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. Saturday until service time at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to either the Sharing Bucket or the American Cancer Society and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.
Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.