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Bernard Cruz

Bernard Christopher Cruz of Jackson departed his life on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at the age of 26.

He was born in Riverside, CA, on June 7, 1995, to Kimberly James Avalos and Sergio Cruz.

At the time of his death, Mr. Cruz was employed by P&G/Manpower and was also a former employee of Dexter Barbeque in Cape Girardeau.

Bernard enjoyed outdoor activities and especially the time he spent with his children and family.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Baylor Cruz of Jackson. He was the proud father of four children: Talan, Liam, Mia and Izaiah of Jackson.

Other survivors include his parents, Kim and Rodrigo Avalos of Jackson, six siblings: Benny, Joseph, Tina, Anthony, Christopher and Adryana and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Charles James.

Bernard was a pending member of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Cape Girardeau, where he was completing his RCIA classes and was to be baptized during Easter this year.

Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 13, 2022 at Ford & Sons Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral Mass was at 1 pm on Monday, March 14, 2022, at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Cape Girardeau with Father Alex Sutachan officiating.

Burial was in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson, Missouri. Ford & Sons Funeral Home in Jackson was in charge of arrangements

Online condolences may be made at

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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