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Title: Mr. First Name: Mark Middle Initial: A. Last Name: Cross Rank: E-2 Division: OI Division Years Served: 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 Display Email: Click Here Country: USA Current Occupation: Restaurant Owner Current Home City: Troy, MO Comments: Mark Alvin Cross, 70, a long-time resident of Troy, Missouri passed away peacefully at the St. Josephs Hospital in St. Charles Missouri after a courageous fight with Covid-19. Mark was surrounded by his loving family as he entered into his eternal home in Heaven. Mark was born on March 7, 1950 in the city of St. Louis and resided in South St. Louis before moving to Davenport, Iowa. He graduated from Davenport Central High School in 1968. After spending a year in college, Mark made the decision to join the U.S. Navy and headed off to San Diego for boot camp. After advanced training, he was transferred to the Destroyer U.S.S. Lynde McCormick where he was a Radioman. Within a month, the ship was deployed to the Western Pacific to support the ongoing missions in Vietnam. Mark's time in the Navy took him all over the world and on at least three Westpac cruises. In 1973, Mark returned to St. Louis where he worked for National Supermarkets and then the Constantino Food Brokerage Co. A short time later, Mark met the love of his life, Phyllis. Mark and Phyllis were married seven months later, making Mark a father of three as soon as he said “I do”. Mark and Phyllis lived in Hazelwood and after a short time later their daughter Jeni was born. After several years in the food industry, Mark went to work in radio advertising sales at KFAV radio in Warrenton, Mo. Three years later, Mark approached Phyllis and asked her if she wanted to move to the country. They bought the Imo's restaurant in Troy in 1995 and never looked back. Mark was the owner of Imo's for many years and it was there that he fell in love with his community. Mark was active in the Troy Area Chamber Of Commerce and would eventually become the President of the Chamber. Mark was honored with the title of Man of the Year in 2004. Mark had the privilege of serving on the Troy Convention and Visitors Bureau. In 2003, Mark became the Rotary President in Troy. In 2010 and again in 2014, Mark was elected Mayor of Troy and honorably served his community for ten years. Mark always wanted to be active in running the city and wanted to make a difference. Boy did he ever. Mark was a faithful servant of God and his calling to serve took him all over the world. As a member of Calvary Chapel in Troy, Mark eagerly traveled on four occasions to such places as Uganda and Jinja Africa. Mark was a member of the Greater Love Uganda Ministry. Mark worked tirelessly with his brothers and sisters in Christ to help the underprivileged both in Troy and in Africa. Surviving are his loving family: his beloved and devoted wife, Phyllis Cross of Troy; his four children: Angie (Chad) Rodgers of Moscow Mills, Cheryl (James) Patton of Wentzville, Frank (Jennifer) Simms of Manteo, North Carolina, Jeni (Dave) Stevenson of Troy; 13 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. He is further survived by his five siblings: Beth (Jim) Morton of Bettendorf, Iowa, Matt (Teresa) Cross of Davenport, Iowa, Stuart (Pat) Cross of Atlanta, Georgia, Curt (Pam) Cross of St. Louis, Todd (Vickie) Cross of St. Louis; other relatives and friends. M