Harlan Cress

Obituaries

October 29, 2010 - 12:00 AM

Harlan H. Cress, 86, of Humboldt died Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute.
He was born Feb. 20, 1924, on the family farm west of Humboldt, to Johnnie Ahiga and Della Mae (Baker) Cress. He attended DeWitt Rural School and graduated from Humboldt High School in 1942.
On Sept. 1, 1945, he married Nieta L. Butler in Iola. They made their home and farmed west of Humboldt. In 1984, they moved into Humboldt. He worked as a janitor and groundskeeper for Monarch Cement Company for almost 20 years before he retired.
They enjoyed spending the winters for eight years in Weslaco, Texas. He also enjoyed woodworking and his specialty was Model A vehicles and other projects that are distributed around the country. He was a member of the Humboldt United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife of the home; three children, Don and his wife, Carol, and Carol Bauer and her husband, Chris, Humboldt, and Dan and his wife, Joan, Oak Creek, Wis.; nine grandchildren, Kevin Cress, Iola, Mary Ann Cunningham, Humboldt, Max Cress, Pittsburg, Scott Cress, Humboldt, Matthew Bauer, Troy, Ill., Mark Bauer, Wichita, Michael Bauer, Rockwall, Texas, Matthew Kozlowski, Milwaukee, Wis., and Sarah Torgersen, South Milwaukee; and eight great-grandchildren.
Three brothers, William Ross, Johnnie Allen and Millard B., and three sisters, Audrey Stinson, Ruby Havlovitz and Nelle Wyman, died earlier.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Humboldt United Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Humboldt United Methodist Church. The Rev. Debby Dick will officiate. Burial will be in DeWitt Cemetery west of Humboldt.
Memorials to Humboldt United Methodist Church may be left at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola, which is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences for the family may be left at iolafuneral.com.

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