Making a Quality change

Bob Cook has taken over the automotive repair shop in Gas, as the late John "Punk" Kress and his wife, Alzina, always hoped he would do at some point.

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June 23, 2021 - 9:43 AM

Quality Auto in Gas is now Quality Automotive Repair, as longtime employee Bob Cook purchased the business from the late John “Punk” and Alzina Kress. From left, employee Bill Cook, Alzina Kress, Bob Cook and employee Terry Johnson. Photo by Vickie Moss / Iola Register

John “Punk” and Alzina Kress always knew they wanted to sell their business, Quality Automotive, Inc., to longtime employee Bob Cook.

That ownership change will be official July 1, but it came with a bittersweet twist. John Kress died April 21 after a battle with cancer.

“Before he passed away, he started talking to Bob about getting the money together,” Alzina Kress said. “We wanted to give him every opportunity to own this business, because he helped build it.”

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