Roy Cress

Born in Shellsburg, IA
Departed on Apr 10, 2019

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Roy Everett Cress (82) of Hiawatha, Iowa passed away on April 10, 2019 peacefully in his sleep at his home.  A funeral service will be held at 11am on Wednesday April 17, 2019 at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories with burial to follow in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 4pm -7pm at Cedar Memorial Funeral Home.  

Roy was born in Shellsburg, Iowa to Everett and Erma (Van Fossen) Cress on August 18, 1936 and was the sixth child of nine. He graduated from Shellsburg High School in 1955.  He married Mary Christian and they had four children; they later divorced.  He worked for Rockwell Collins for 33.5 years and retired in 1991.  He was involved in coaching and umpiring for Hiawatha Little League Baseball and Softball.  He was also a part-time fireman for the city of Hiawatha and Robins, Iowa.  He was a long-time member of the Eagles Club 2272. Roy was an avid fisherman. He enjoyed the outdoors and especially gardening. He was a faithful fan of the Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Iowa Hawkeyes.  Even if you couldn’t see Roy you would know he was there by his infamous laugh. 

Roy is survived by two daughters Kimberly K. (Mike) Sojka (Hiawatha, IA) and Kenda M. (Rob) Hewitt (Cedar Rapids, IA);  a son Kristopher R. Cress of Peoria, AZ; grandchildren Charles J. Madison V (Cedar Rapids, IA), Tanner Hewitt (Cedar Rapids, IA), Martha K. Cress (Peoria, AZ) and Emilio K. Cress (Peoria, AZ); his sisters Lorena Karr (Urbana, IA), Deci Mason  (Shellsburg, IA), Anna Mae Witherell (Cedar Rapids, IA), Doris Haefner (Vinton, IA), Marilyn Kolsrud (Shellsburg, IA) and Elaine Boddicker (Newhall, IA);  sister-in-law Karen Cress (Cedar Rapids, IA);  many nieces and nephews; and his dog Bay. 

Roy was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Kelisa Christian Cress, a brother Ray Cress, a sister Alberta Mason, several brother in laws, several nieces and nephews, and his dogs Packer and Bart.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to any charitable institution of your choice in Roy’s name; St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Shriners Club.