CROSS, Kenneth J., Ph.D., age 81, of New Creek, WV, formerly of Westover, passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2013, in Heartland of Clarksburg. He was born July 20, 1931, in New Creek, WV, a son of the late Bernard Cross and Emma Bosley Cross Shillingburg.
Dr. Cross was a graduate of Keyser High School where he was an outstanding athlete in football and baseball. He was a decorated veteran serving with the United States Navy during the Korean War, receiving the Korean Service Medal with five battle stars, Good Conduct Medal with Bronze Star and the American and United Nations Service Medals.
Dr. Cross was a graduate of Potomac State College and West Virginia University where he was awarded an Associate in Arts Bachelors Degree, a Masters in Arts Degree and a Doctor of Philosophy In Education Administrations. He was a longtime teacher teaching at Suncrest Junior High and Clay-Battelle High School along with being an active official in all sports. He was awarded the Conservation Teacher of the Year in West Virginia in 1977 and in 2001 was awarded Keyser High School Sports award.
An avid environmentalist and bird lover, Dr. Cross worked for 26 years on the bird sanctuary at Dolly Sods. He repaired the trails and nets and helped identify and band the birds. He also served as a volunteer and educator at the areas Raptor Rescue and recovery center.
He was a member of Hearts Unlimited for 15 years where he won numerous awards and grants, the Westover VFW Post #9916, the Disabled American Veterans and was a Methodist by Faith.
Kenneth is survived by one son and spouse, Andrew Cross and Jennifer Doane Cross of Wheeling.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his first wife, Wanda Ann Broome Cross, and his second wife, Ruth Williams.
Friends may call at the McCulla Funeral Home, 770 Fairmont Road, Morgantown, on Saturday, February 16, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the McCulla Funeral Home on Saturday at 3 p.m. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, February 18 at the the WV National Cemetery, Pruntytown, with military honors. The family request that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Ken's name to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McCulla.com.