Francis C. Kress

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HANOVER Francis C. Kress, 80, passed away, Thursday, August 2, 2012, at Hanover Hospital. He was the husband of Shirley A. (Stough) Kress, who died March 7, 2000. Born March 3, 1932, in Glenrock, he was the son of the late Willard Kress Sr. and Clara (Brodbeck) Kress. Francis was self-employed at Starlight Auto Inc. in Hanover and formerly was the manager of the auto department at Nichol's Department Store. He was a veteran of the United States Army proudly serving during the Korean War, and also served in the Marine Corps Reserves. Francis was a former member of the Adams County Pony Trotting Assoc., a life member of the VFW, and was the founder of the Starlight Club at Trail Way Speedway. He loved horse races, his breakfast bunch, playing poker, and was an avid deer hunter. Surviving are six children, Deborah Johnson of Hanover, Cindy Breighner and her husband, Bernard of Littlestown, Michael Kress and his wife, Joyce of Hanover, Belinda Stonesifer, William Kress, and Jerry Kress all of East Berlin; 12 grandchildren, Melissa, Jesse, Scott, Gary, Stacy, Bradly, Jennifer, Brian, Derek, Tiffany, Ashley, and Linsey; and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Kress; seven brothers, John, Clarence, Edward, Willard, Ken, Roy, and Richard Kress; five sisters, Ruth Smith, Myrtle Brown, Jennie Storm, Mable Kress, and Mary Kress. A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Monday at Murphy Funeral Home, 501 Ridge Ave., McSherrystown, with Rev. Kathryn A. Schroeder officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Hanover, with military honors provided by the Hanover Allied Veterans Honor Guard. Relatives and friends will be received Sunday 2 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers will be: Derek Matthews, Larry Cooper, Jesse Storm, Scott Storm, Shaun Smith, and Jerry Kress. Memorial contributions in memory of Francis may be made to: Disabled American Veterans, Attention: Gift Processing, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, or to Adams County SPCA, 11 Goldenville Rd., Gettysburg, PA 17325. Online condolences and memories may be shared at: www.murphyfuneral homeinc.com
Published in Evening Sun on Aug. 4, 2012
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