Bernard M. “Sonny” Kress, 78, Jasper

Bernard M. “Sonny” Kress, 78, of Jasper, died Wednesday, March 4, at Advent Health East in Orlando, Florida. Sonny was born in Jasper October 4, 1941, to Bernard A. and Eva (Yaggi) Kress. He married Norma Neukam June 25, 1966, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Sonny served for four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served in the honor guard onboard the ship USS Oklahoma City. He retired as the owner and operator of Kress Carpet Cleaning Service, which he operated for over 30 years. He was previously employed in the family dry cleaning business. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper, served as a Boy Scout Master of Troop 182 in Jasper for over 20 years. He enjoyed hiking and being in the outdoors, spending winters in Orlando, Florida, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Norma Kress; one son; Christopher Kress and wife Julie, Orlando, Florida; one daughter; Heather Kress and husband, Jim, Ouellette of Malden, Massachusetts; and two grandchildren, Gabriel and Emma Kress, Orlando, Florida.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Donna Bonifer, and one brother-in-law, Donald Bonifer.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Church with burial following in St. John’s Cemetery at the Dubois Crossroads..

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