Chesapeake - Marvin Davis Cress, SR, 89 years old, was born 5 June 1923 in Hardin, Kentucky. He died peacefully at home in Chesapeake, Virginia on Monday, 4 February 2013, following an illness of several months. Orphaned as a young child, he was raised at the Masonic Widows & Orphans Home in Louisville, KY. He always appreciated the care and the excellent education he received there.
Mr. Cress was predeceased by his parents and siblings. He was the youngest of the seven children born to his parents, (Rev.) Jack Monroe Crass & Sally Brown Crass: Willie May Crass, Martha Jane Crass, Charles Monroe Crass, Evelyn Lillian Cress, Fred Alonzo Cress, William Clifford Cress and Marvin Cress. (The family name was changed from Crass to Cress in the 1920s.)
At the start of WWII Mr. Cress met the love of his life, Lois Marie Shively, at a USO dance in Waukegan, Illinois. They were married at the close of the war on 23 September 1945 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Mr. Cress served honorably in the U.S. Navy from the state of Illinois during WWII. He recorded a history detailing his military experiences as part of the Library of Congress's Veterans History Project.
Facing a housing shortage in Illinois at the end of WWII, Mr. Cress and his wife Lois settled in the Hampton Roads area. They liked the area and at the time of Mr. Cress's death they had lived here for 67 yrs.
Following his military discharge, Mr. Cress worked for a brief time at National Cash Register before going to work for Horst Advertising of Norfolk, VA. He was a manager at Horst Advertising for 30 years and then worked for Harte-Hanks Direct Marketing for 2 yrs. after it bought out Horst Advertising. Mr. Cress retired in 1986.
After his retirement he enjoyed travelling. Researching his family history also gave him much pleasure.
He is survived by his wife Lois Shively Cress of Chesapeake, VA, his daughter Sharon Cress Peach and husband H. Gil Peach of Beaverton, Oregon, his son Marvin D. Cress, JR and wife Noemi Cress of Forest Hills, NY, his granddaughter Terra Karena Cress Peach of Urbana, Illinois, as well as ten beloved nieces and nephews.
Mr. Cress was a member of Oaklette United Methodist Church in Chesapeake. No local service is planned. His ashes will be buried at a later date in Wadesboro Cemetery in Calloway County, Kentucky where his parents, three siblings, his maternal grandparents and great grandparents and many cousins are buried. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Feb. 10, 2013