Marinus James Cross, 83, Luverne, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage.
A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the United Methodist Church in Luverne. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery near Luverne. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Hartquist Funeral Home in Luverne.
Marinus Cross was born on April 9, 1935, to Clarence and Millie (Sexton) Cross in Mitchell, South Dakota. He was raised by his stepmother, Anna (Nelson) Cross, after his mother, Millie, died when he was four years old. Marinus grew up and lived in Mitchell until he was 16 years old.
On May 24, 1952, Marinus married JoAnn Vermeer at the First Baptist Church in Luverne. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Leota, Magnolia, and finally Luverne. Marinus was employed from 1952 to 1962 by Peter Koimann who farmed. From 1962 to 1982 he worked for Pat’s Plumbing and Heating as a plumber. In 1982 Marinus began his own business, Cross & Son Construction, which he operated until his retirement in 2002. In February 2010 he and JoAnn moved into Luverne.
Marinus is survived by four children, Roxy (Archie) Bonnett of Magnolia, Linda (Rick) Bruhn of Magnolia, Kathy Medill of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Delwyn “D.J.” Cross (special friend, Terry Ivie) of Branson, Missouri; 11 grandchildren, Bunny, Jamie, and Marty, Shawna, Tonya, and Josh, Wesley, Amy and Amber, Brock and Mary; 19 great-grandchildren; a sister, Clara Ochocki of Scottsbluff, Nebraska; and special friend Judy Ripley of Luverne.
He was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn; a great-granddaughter, Montana Honnerman; his mother, Millie; and his father and stepmother, Clarence and Anna.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.