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Bill served on the board of directors for almost two decades, with a term as president of the organization.
Everyone remembers his big smile, twinkling eyes, and unforgettable laugh and how he could sit and tell stories for hours. He loved the land and hunting, team roping on Nose, playing guitar, and dancing the night away with his favorite partner, Sally.Billy was born February 9, 1949, in Ogallala, NE, to Burt and Margaret "Polly" Cross.He was the third of seven children in this Cross clan.If there was a problem, Bill always tried to handle it.He was a member of the Sturgis Rodeo Booster Club from 1984-1994, and was a State Director of the High School Rodeo Association from 1984-1995. His nieces and nephews couldn't get enough of Uncle Bill, no matter how gruff they thought he was.Billy Burt Cross, 68, Sturgis, died Saturday, September 30, 2017, in Rochester, MN.
Bill is survived by his wife, Sally, and their three children, Seth (Jeanie), Clay, and Cally Cross; his grandkids, Terrisa (Brandon) Henry, Kim (Doug) Neely, Brian Lamphere, Randi Cross, Cooper Cross, Kayla Cross, Carson Cross, Cassidy Cross, Jake Baxley, and Katelyn Baxley; his great-grandkids, Aspen Henry, Brecken Henry, and Easton Neely; his brothers and sisters, Eugene (Darla) Cross, Aloma (Don) Willey, Shelley Cross, Cary Cross Deane, Burt (Cheryl) Cross, and Carla (Mark) Calistro; his mother-in-law, Jerry Hardy; brother-in-law, Bill (Sally) Hardy; sister-in-law, Jan Lamphere; and numerous nieces and nephews.
When he was young, his family moved to the Moreau River area in Perkins County.
He attended school there until they bought a place near Sturgis, SD.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Billy Jeb; his parents, Burt and Polly Cross; and father-in-law, Glen Hardy. A memorial has been established for a Western SD Buckaroo High School Rodeo Scholarship. Friday, October 6, 2017, at the Sturgis Community Center Theater.
Bill never gave up the fight and kept the faith that he would "lick" this situation he was in. Visitation will be Thursday, October 5, from to p.m. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis. on September 23, 2017, at Mount Pisgah Cemetery, Gillette, WY, followed by A celebration of Bills life hosted at Primrose Retirement Community, 921 Mountain Meadow Lane, Gillette, Wyoming 82716 from p.m.
For the last 22 years, Bill and his son, Clay, have been running CMW/Equi Racks. He and his beautiful bride celebrated 50 years of marriage on July 29, 2017.