Reverend Randolph (Randy) Cross, age 65, from Fargo, ND, passed away Thursday, March 10, 2022. Randy was born in Omaha, NE on January 14, 1957, to Roger and Ruth Cross. As the son of an Air Force officer, he lived in many places, including Nebraska, South Carolina, Australia, and North Dakota. He was a proud graduate of the University of North Dakota as a Latin major and attended seminary at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. In 1981, he was united in marriage to Cheri Thompson and was later blessed with two sons, Aaron and Adam. During his career in the United Methodist Church, he served parishes in West Fargo, Fairmount, Grand Forks, Fargo, and Rapid City. He then moved on to leadership positions in Mitchell, Nashville, Rapid City, and Fargo before his retirement in 2020. In his life, he adored words and definitions, music, trivia, antiques, crockery, his in-laws’ farm in Grafton, his family and their cats, serving the church, and living life in the Dakotas. He is survived by his wife Cheri, his sons Aaron and Adam, his brother Tim Cross (Cindy), sisters Lisa Medina (Rich), Robin Gross (Tony), Julie Wilde (Elaine), and Amy Cross, brother-in-law Brian Thompson (Kim), sisters-in-law Holly Meester (Brent) and Lisa Johnson, twenty-four nieces and nephews, and countless grandnieces and nephews. Special acknowledgement to Rev. Dwight and Signe Meier, close family friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Roger and Ruth Cross, brother Ray, sisters-in-law Patricia and Marsha, parents-in-law Gordon and Jane Thompson, and many brothers and sisters in faith. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Fargo First United Methodist Church in Fargo at 10:30 AM on Saturday, March 19th, with a visitation with the family from 9:00 – 10:15 AM beforehand and a time for fellowship after the service. The service will also be livestreamed on https://firstumcfargo.org/ and at https://www.facebook.com/fargofirstumc/. Memorials in honor of Randy can be provided for HOPE, Inc. or the Homeward Animal Shelter. Any other memorials will be donated per the family’s discretion.

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  1. My deepest sympathies go out to Randy’s family and close friends. I always counted Randy as a friend because of the many years we knew each other in the Dakotas Annual Conference and the many conference committees we served on together. We laughed a lot and shared our lives and faith together and I know he will be missed by many. Praise God for the life of Randy Cross.

  2. We are so saddened to hear of the death of Randy. He was my District Superintendent as I served three smaller churches and I so appreciated his kindness, helpfulness and friendship. You have my deepest sympathy. He was so proud of his family—-treasure every precious memory you have of a wonderful husband and father.

  3. We were saddened to hear the news of Randy’s sudden illness and death. He was a good District Superintendent to us when we first came to the Dakotas, and encouraged us while guiding us through the process of joining the Dakotas Pastoral Family. May the Lord richly bless and comfort your family.

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