Mt. Vernon Register-News

January 22, 2014

Clayton Cross

The Register-News

---- — Clayton Colin Cross, Jr., 66, of Mt. Vernon, died 10:12 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at his sister’s home in Bonnie.

He was born Tuesday, Aug. 19, 1947, in Lansing, Mich., the son of Clayton Colin Cross, Sr. and Rosemary (Densteadt) Cross.

Clayton was a member of the U.S. Navy Seal Team during the Vietnam War serving from Aug. 17, 1965, to Dec. 20, 1968. Following his military service he was a general contractor and avid sportsman and outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, horseback riding and bow hunting.

He is survived by his son, Clayton Colin Cross, III of Mt. Vernon; daughter, Dakota Cross of Mt. Vernon; two brothers, Bill Johnston and wife Jennifer of Irvington and Rick Johnson of West Plains, Mo.; sister, Serena Campbell of Bonnie; loving companion, “Itty Bit” of Mt. Vernon; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Vonnie Hofer.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with Pastor Jeff Stewart officiating.

In honor of his request, Mr. Cross will be cremated and a gathering of friends and family will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of service at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.

For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Hospice of the Good Samaritan and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit for further information and to send condolences.