Johnny Martin David Cross

Johnny Martin David Cross, 54 of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, passed away on September 5, 2019 at home. John was born October 16, 1964 in Salina, Kansas. He was raised in Salina, and it was there that he met his wife Teresa, being married for over 27 years at the time of his death.  They eventually settled in the Kansas City area.

John’s first love was always his family.  He put them first in every regard. A close second was the business he cofounded, Trans Pro, over 16 years ago.  He was very proud of the business he developed, his incredible clients, business partner and people he met along the way. He got up every day to do better and be better.  He loved to travel, spend time at the lake with family and friends and loved to play Call of Duty.

John was a two time cancer survivor, first from Lymphoma, then ultimately Leukemia.  All along the way, John remained positive, motivated and never admitted defeat because he knew that he had already won.  He had a life full of blessings and was always full of inspiration that he willingly gave to others tenfold. He never took anything for granted.  He always had a smile on his face, could make you laugh hysterically, and inspired people he never knew. He had the ability to make each person feel like they were the only person in the room.  He cared, and you knew that instantly when you met him. He was a man of integrity and honor.

John is survived by his wife, Teresa; his son, Kodey; his daughter, Taylor; his mother, Opal Jean Brewer; siblings Liz Cox, Lana Stanley, Jerry Brewer, Angie Penry and Michael Brewer, and many nieces and nephews.

John’s Celebration of Life will take place Tuesday, September 10, 2019 with the Visitation beginning at 9:30-11:00 a.m. and service immediately following at 11:00 a.m. at Woods Chapel United Methodist Church, Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Donations can be made in John’s honor to the Stephanie Vest Foundation.


  1. Karen Zimmerman on September 7, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Dick, thanks for posting this. My thoughts & prayers have been with you & Karen, Teresa & family and all your family! So sorry for the way this turned out! Karen Zimmerman ??????

  2. Rich and Mickie Abernathy on September 7, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Love and continued prayers for the Cross family! This was a beautiful tribute. He lived a short, but well-lived and well-loved life. We all should learn a thing or two about making the most of every day! Hoping the sweet memories you have with Johnny will give you comfort and peace over the coming days and months.

  3. Terri & Dave Johnson on September 7, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Dave and I are sorry for your loss. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Ken and Donna Fry on September 7, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Flappy, we’re so very sorry to learn of this tragic loss for Teresa and the family. Our prayers are with all of you in this terrible time. Much love to the whole family! Ken and Donna

  5. Nancy Nation Heinz on September 7, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Dick, I’m so very sorry for you and your family. I have no words of comfort but please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Nancy

  6. Dana Cutalo on September 7, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    So very sorry for your loss!

  7. John and Rita Seubert on September 7, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Sending you love and prayers!!! You have and continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Earl & Denese Kinderknecht on September 7, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    Thinking of you all!! Sorry for your loss!

  9. LuAnn Dearmore on September 7, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones, I am so sorry for your loss

  10. Karla and Pete Leibham on September 7, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Pete and I are sad for the loss of your dear son-in-law, John. What a wonderful young man! Life too short…but God has wrapped him up to take him home… he has no pain. We know your hearts will hurt, but please count on prayers for comfort. Thinking of you ALL… Karla and Pete

  11. Linda Potter on September 7, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Teresa, Dick, Karen and family. My sympathy, love and prayers. A loss of a wonderful person who leaves a beautiful legacy. Love you all.

  12. Dee Dee Dewell on September 7, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    So many have been blessed by knowing and being loved by John. Just reading through all the sentiments offered by so many people whose lives have been touched by him is such a vivid testimony to the great human being he was…truly a humble servant and reflection of Jesus. He was called home and is now glorified with our God in complete wholeness and perfect health. I offer my deep sympathy, love and prayers to Teresa, the kids and all the family as you mourn the loss, celebrate John’s impactful life and find peace knowing he is welcomed into the arms of the Lord in heaven.

  13. Dave and Libby Adams on September 8, 2019 at 7:44 am

    Our hearts go out to all. What an inspiring man to all dealing with this dreadful disease.

  14. Suellen Staub on September 8, 2019 at 9:36 am

    It hurts our hearts to learn a life of a young person being taken by this terrible disease. Those of us left have to remember the good times and keep the memories close.
    Remembering your family,
    Suellen Staub
    Tom Sparkman

  15. Linda Sisson on September 8, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Dick and Karen and family… I am so sorry to hear of the death of your dear son-in-law… such a tragedy….. I do not know your daughter and her precious family but I know she is suffering as you all are. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers as you walk this walk of faith… just know that GOD walks beside you along with your family and friends… Linda Sisson

  16. Adam Bonilla on September 8, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    I knew John while attending Central High School. He was an entergetic, positive, caring and very funny friend. What a genuine soul!! May God welcome and embrace John with His Love.

  17. Jim Wilson on September 8, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    I’ve known John since junior high school. Played ball together and became very good friends. He always had a wonderful smile that became contagious. I will always remember john and cherish the memories of our youth. My deepest condolences to his wife, children, and extended family.

  18. Teresa Hanchett Moreno and Noel Moreno on September 8, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    God bless the surviving family. John passed away young and flew into the arms of our Lord. May his family rejoice in the memories.

  19. scott siebert on September 8, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Very sorry for johns passing. It has been decades since i had seen john. My prayers are with his family

  20. Robert P. Caliva on September 8, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    I very saddened by the news of John’s passing! He always had a smile and great sense of humor, Johnny was one of the good guys, my life is better for having known him. My sincerest condolences to his family, may he rest in peace!

  21. Gary Phillips on September 9, 2019 at 10:10 am

    We who are still living can only hope and pray that when we leave this world that half of what was said and written about John Cross can and will be said of us.

    May God bless the entire family, and may he give them the strength to get through the next stage of life, (post John Cross.)

  22. Sunshine Galliher on September 9, 2019 at 10:41 am

    So sorry for your family’s loss. I had the pleasure of working with John several years ago. He had a delightful spirit that will long outlive his earthly presence.

  23. Douglas S. Asbridge on September 9, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    Johnny and I grew up together. My family and his family. We attended Central High and graduated the same class. I will miss you, Johnny. Love and prayers with your entire family. It was good to see most of them at church (Ray Avenue Baptist Church in Salina) this past Sunday. Jeanie, Pat, Liz, Lana, Jerry, Michael, Angie, Teresa and kids, I’m so sorry I will not be able to be at the service as I have a important Dr appt in Wichita. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all tomorrow and the many days to follow. Doug Asbridge

  24. Robin Bratton-Bias on September 10, 2019 at 7:50 am

    I went to Salina Central High School with Johnny. My memories of him are so very lovely. He was deeply funny, always present, and joyful about life. Seeing the memorial video, it is clear he lived a life surrounded by much love. My heart hurts for his family and all who loved him and mourn his passing, but I am so glad he was here.

  25. Angela Huff Leal on September 10, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    I went to grade school through high school with John. His smile was infectious and an all around great guy. Thanks for sharing the video. God bless all of his family and have faith he’s no longer in pain.

  26. Mike Gawith on September 14, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    So sorry to here sad news about your brother prayers to you guys in this difficult time

  27. Cheryl & Michael Pardoe on September 22, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    We were saddened to hear of the loss of John. May God comfort and keep your family in his loving arms.

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