Virgil M. Gress, 70, Jasper

Virgil GressVirgil M. Gress, 70, of Jasper, died Saturday (May 23) at the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville. He was born in Jasper April 4, 1945, to Anton and Margaret (Lampert) Gress. He married Judy Schlachter April 8, 1967, at St. Meinrad Catholic Church in St. Meinrad.

Virgil was the co-founder and president of Kitchen Jewels, Inc. in Jasper. He served as the past president of the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. He served in the U.S. Army as a military police officer and was a member of Jasper American Legion Post No. 147. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church where he served as a eucharistic minister, the Jasper Knights of Columbus, the Jasper Optimist Club, and was a past president of the Jasper German Club. He and his wife Judy served as the host and hostess of the Jasper Strassenfest. He enjoyed golfing, boating, traveling, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Gress; two sons, Darren Gress andĀ  wife Pam, and Dale Gress and wife Micki, all of Jasper; six grandchildren, Emily, Abby, Evan, Jade, Lexi, and Will Gress; four sisters, Clara Mae Braunecker, Ireland, Mitz Lanham and husband Bob, Plainfield, Naomi Gress, Jasper, and Diane Buechlein and husband Gene, Fischers; and two brothers, Lee Gress and wife Rita, and Wilfred GressĀ  and wife Helen, all of Ireland.

In addition to his parents he was preceded by one brother, Rich Gress.

Services at 10 a.m. Friday at Holy Family Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. American Legion Post No. 147 will conduct military gravesite rites. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Friday at the church. Holy Family Parish will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at

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