Robert E. Cross, 73

Robert “Bob” E. Cross, 73, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, at the Lawliss Family Hospice in Mequon. He was born Dec. 6, 1943, to Wilfred and Florence (nee Barrett) Cross. Bob was happiest when playing the guitar and singing with others. Over the years, he performed with several different duos. He had a place in his heart for the Special Olympics, donating his time and being the Founder of Jam For Kids. Through his efforts, thousands of dollars have been raised for the Special Olympics of West Bend. Bob also had a passion for art, creating all the different logos of Jammin’ Sam and sharing his work with others.

Bob is survived by his brother, Gary; nephew, Zach (Stacia); niece, Courtney (Isaiah) McGinnis; great-nieces, Emberlie Harteau-Cross and Jacquelyn Cross; and special friends, Mary Fiegel, Larry Mezera, Al Krueger and Pat Rowe Goetzinger. He is further survived by many other dear friends.

A celebration of life will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W Paradise Drive, West Bend, WI 53095) with the Rev. Roger Knowlton presiding. Visitation will be at the funeral home Monday, Oct. 23, from 5 p.m. until the time of service (7 p.m.).

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to Jam For Kids (1113 S. Main St., West Bend, WI 53095) or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (400 S. Executive Drive, Suite 109, Brookfield, WI 53005).

A special thank you to Cheyenne Fleming, his personal caregiver of many years, and the Lawliss Family Hospice team.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or