Mr. Raymond John Cross

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Raymond John Cross (born Raymond John Kolaski) died on December 12, 2020, just before midnight, at age 71. He is survived by his loving son, Grant; new granddaughter, Scarlett; and ex-wife, Belinda.

Ray was born in Boston on October 2, 1949. He moved with his father, mother and younger brother to Globe, Arizona when he was 10 years old. His father came from French/Polish and his mother from Irish/ Lithuanian ancestry. Ray passionately pursued genealogical research and was especially proud of his connection to his maternal grandparents who immigrated from Lithuania in the early 1900's.

As a teenager, Ray worked as a lifeguard during the summers in Globe. He joined the Air Force and was stationed at Cape Canaveral and then in Guam in the 1970's. He ended his military career after four years with the rank of Staff Sergeant. After the Air Force, Ray studied anthropology and psychology at ASU, eventually obtaining degrees in both fields. He remained a loyal Sun Devil fan throughout his life, even following all their games and cheering them on in his final month.

Ray was ecstatic when his son was born and was a loving, active and involved new father.

Ray went back to school in his 40's to study air craft mechanics at Cochise College in Douglas, AZ. He obtained his Airframe and Powerplant certification and was also able to realize his dream of flying a small aircraft. Subsequently, he worked full time at Boeing as well as part time at Micro Rel (where he won multiple awards for inventions), until his early retirement at age 62.

Ray was a car enthusiast and shared his love of classic sports cars with his son, who is carrying on the tradition.

Ray could, and did, talk to anyone about anything. He will be remembered for his charm, persistence and loyalty.

There will be a brief private service on January 5, 2021 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona where Ray's ashes will be interred. If desired, please make a donation to the Veteran's organization of your choice.