Richard G. Cross III

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Richard G. Cross, III, 69 of Lewistown died Saturday, Aug. 3, 2018 at his home of natural causes. He was born the son of Richard G. and Dorothy Edith (Woehrle) Cross, Jr. in St. Louis, Missouri, on May 10, 1949. He was an Air Force brat and proud of his heritage.

He worked as a working cowboy in Wyoming, Arizona, and Montana. He was employed for a time on the pipeline in Point Barrow, Alaska, before moving to Maine where he lived as a sailor. There he built his love, a 43-foot sailboat, which he proudly called “The Airforce.” He created it so he could compete in the British Oxygen Challenge, a competitive international boating event.

Dick, as he was known to his family and friends, graduated from surveying school, then moved to Carlsbad, California. There he worked for Melcher Land Surveying for over 25 years.

At retirement he returned to his much-loved Montana, and settled in Lewistown where he could have fun with his passion, skeet shooting and anything outdoors. He loved words and their meanings. He loved reading about history, philosophy and politics, which he would discuss for hours. Dick was a man who loved his solace, and also loved people. He had a big heart and was known for his generosity. He would randomly pick out a table of Marines while at dinner and anonymously pay for their meal. Dick led a life that included adventure, exploration, compassion, and a search for meaning.

Richard is survived by his sister, Debbie Cross of Phoenix, Arizona.

At his request Dick was cremated and a Celebration of his life will be held later. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the charity of their choice and they may be left at Cloyd Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be posted online at



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