Lee A. Gress, 86, Ireland

Lee GressLee A. Gress, 86, of Ireland, died Sunday (July 19) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. He was born inĀ Ireland April 7, 1929, to Anton and Margaret (Lampert)Gress. He married Rita Fehribach April 22, 1950, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper.

Lee was a lifetime farmer and farmed for 75 years. He leaves behind 98 descendants. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, the Ireland Knights of Columbus, where he was past president and Grand Knight, and the Ireland Lions Club, where he was past treasurer. He was a founder and president of the Patoka Valley Upper Conservancy District. He was active in 4-H, where he was a past president of the extension board and a member of the swine committee, and was on the advisory board of the Future Farmers of America. He and his wife, Rita, were awarded the Simon Brute Award the first year it was given. He enjoyed carpentry, traveling, and visiting family.

He is survived by his wife, Rita; five daughters, Carla Allbright and husband, David, Mitchell, Becky Allbright and husband, Dwain, Huron, Linda Huls and husband, Gregory, Littleton, Colorado, Marg Buechler and husband, Steve, Ireland, and Mary Waninger and husband, David, Chrisney; five sons, Duane Gress and wife, Diane, Pat Gress and wife Cindy, and Stan Gress and wife Julie, all of Ireland, and Greg Gress, Denver, Colorado; 33 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Clara Mae Braunecker, Ireland, Mitz Lanham and husband, Bob, Plainfield, Naomi Gress, Jasper, and Diana Buechlein and husband Gene, Fischers; one brother, Wilfred Gress and wife Helen, Jasper; and one sister-in-law, Judy Gress, Jasper.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Rich and Virgil Gress.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church building fund or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Services at 10 a.m.Friday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

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