Bernard M. ‘Sonny’ Kress, 78, Jasper

Bernard M. “Sonny” Kress, 78, of Jasper, passed away Wednesday evening, March 4, 2020, at Advent Health East in Orlando, Florida.

Sonny was born in Jasper on October 4, 1941, to Bernard A. and Eva (Yaggi) Kress.  He was united in marriage on June 25, 1966, to Norma Neukam in St. Joseph= Catholic Church.

He served for four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served in the Honor Guard onboard the ship U.S. Oklahoma City.

Sonny retired as the owner and operator of Kress Carpet Cleaning Service, which he operated for over 30 years, and previously was employed in the family dry cleaning business.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

He served as a Boy Scout Master of Troop 182 in Jasper for over 20 years.

He enjoyed hiking and being in the outdoors, his winters in Orlando, FL, and spending time with his grandchildren. 

Surviving are his wife Norma Kress of Jasper; one son, Christopher Kress and his wife, Julie, of Orlando, Florida; one daughter, Heather Kress and her husband, Jim Ouellette of Malden, Massachusetts; and two grandchildren, Gabriel and Emma Kress of Orlando.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and sister, Donna Bonifer; and a brother in law; Donald Bonifer.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Bernard M. “Sonny” Kress will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, with burial to follow in St. John’s Cemetery at the Dubois Crossroads.

A visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.

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