|Death: ||Jun. 20, 1946|
A 35 year old Des Moines army air force veteran was slain early Thursday (June 20, 1946) by a drunk crazed Denver, Colorado policeman as a crowd watched in front of the Denver Union Station.
The veteran, William F. Cross was the son of Charles Cross, a merchant policeman and Mrs. John J. Moll (Myrtle), both from Des Moines.
Held in Denver for the shooting is Patrolman Frank D. Cowgill, a veteran on the police force and one of Cross' close friends.
The shooting followed an all night party in which Cross, Cowgill and William McNulty participated.
McNulty held for questioning was quoted by police as saying Cowgill became angry when he and Cross accused Cowgill of being lost after driving them in a car on a tour of night spots.
McNulty said Cowgill ordered them out of the car with a drawn revolver and demanded they "throw up their hands". When Cross suddenly lowered his hands Cowgill fired three shots, McNulty said.
One of the shots struck the ground. The other two struck Cross in the abdomen and chest.
A former air force photographer Cross was married and the father of four children.
His father said he attended school in Des Moines and dropped out of high school to enlist in the military at 16.
While in the military William Cross appeared in professional boxing bouts in the Des Moines area, fighting as a welterwight under the name Red Cross.
Besides his wife, children and parents, William Cross is survived by seven half-brothers and five half sisters.
Charles Edgar Cross (1888 - 1971)
Myrtle Bishop Moll (1892 - 1972)
Florence Adeline Tarney Saunders (1915 - 1987)
William Fletcher Cross (1910 - 1946)
Marion Jesse Moll (1919 - 1982)**
Thomas Aaron Cross (1919 - 1998)**
Virginia Ruth Cross Pressley (1928 - 2013)**
Charles Edgar Cross (1930 - 2010)**
Rosemarie Cross Rounds (1931 - 1999)**
Note: There is no stone for the veteran.
Created by: Deena
Record added: Dec 27, 2011
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Added: Dec. 27, 2011