Richard Brian Cress, 89, of Urbana, Ill., formerly of Hoopeston, Ill., passed away at 5:40 a.m. Friday, December 22, 2017, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
He was born January 15, 1928, in Miami, Fla., the son of Gerald and Bird (Bryan) Cress.
He married Rose Marie Mellecker on August 28, 1950, at the Little Brown Church in the Vail, Nashua, Iowa. She preceded him in death.
He is survived by one daughter, Donna Crose of Urbana; three sons, Ron (Diane) Cress of Zionsville, Ind., Brian (Jane) Cress of Bismarck, Ill., and Brad (Jan) Cress of Cornwall, England; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Bette Meyers.
Richard drove a truck for Central Steel and Wire for 40 years before his retirement. He was a very devoted member of the Hoopeston United Methodist Church, where he served on the administrative board and as a trustee. Along with his wife, he was a large supporter and participated in many of the church mission trips. Richard was the go-to guy for maintenance around the church, he took great pride in the odd jobs it took to maintain both the church and surrounding grounds.
His hobbies included golfing and fishing in Minnesota, and taking great care of his home and yard. Richard will be lovingly remembered as a very devoted, loving and caring father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.
Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A visitation will be 11 a.m.-noon Friday, January 12, at Hoopeston United Methodist Church, 403 E. Main St., Hoopeston. A memorial service will begin at noon Friday at the church with Pastor Cathy Najmon officiating. Burial will be Monday, January 15, at Riverside Public Cemetery in Riverside, Iowa.
Memorials may be made to Hoopeston United Methodist Church, 403 E. Main St., Hoopeston, IL 60942. Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Richard's eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences. Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling the arrangements.
Published on January 9, 2018