Don L. Cress, age 80, of Storm Lake died Friday, June 6, 2002 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center following a lengthy illness.
The funeral services were held on Wednesday at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Duane Queen officiating. Burial was in the Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery at Storm Lake.
The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home of Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements. A memorial fund has been established for Lakeside Presbyterian Church.
Don Lou Cress was born March 22, 1922 in Sac County, the son of Glen and Bessie (Cross) Cress. He attended Lincoln-Lee and Fairview Schools. He graduated from Fairview High School in 1940.
On June 16, 1946 Don was married to Eleanor Kent at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Storm Lake. The couple farmed near Nemaha for several months before moving to the farm north of Storm Lake in 1947 where they have continued to live.
Don enjoyed farming and raising hogs. But his most cherished pastime was fishing, and was well-known for his expertise in angling. And, yes, most of his "fish stories" were true.
After retiring from farming in 1984, Don became an avid gardener. He became famous for his homemade horseradish. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandsons and going to garage sales.
His family includes his wife Eleanor, Storm Lake; his daughter Donna and her husband Denny Smith, Rembrandt; two grandsons: Brandon, Crystal Lake and Brent, Rembrandt and his friend Sara Hawkins, Storm Lake; a sister-in-law Lois Cress Knudsen and her husband, Russell, Ruthven; a brother-in-law Floyd Gustafson, Storm Lake; two nephews: Brian Gustafson, Storm Lake and Steve and Janelle Gustafson, Storm Lake and one niece Jan and her husband Frank Klahs, Storm Lake.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son Paul Don in 1949; two sisters: Gwyneth Gutel and Wanda Gustafson and a twin brother Dean.