Charles W. Cress, Jr., 95


Charles W. Cress, Jr., 95 of Coffeen, died on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, at his residence.

Graveside services and burial will begin at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, at Cress Hill Cemetery in Hillsboro, with military rites conducted by the Irving American Legion. Hough and Sons Funeral Home in Hillsboro is charge of arrangements.

Mr. Cress was born on Sept. 15, 1926 in Litchfield to Mary Jane (Laurent) and Charles W. Cress, Sr. He earned his master’s degree in religious education and he was a teacher, chaplain and minister.

He served in the US Navy and US Army during both World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of the Litchfield American Legion and was of the Southern Baptist faith.

He married Viola Boucher and she preceded him in death.

He is survived by one son, Dennis Cress of Chicago; one daughter, Jeanne (Eldon) Greenwood of Coffeen; five grandchildren, Marcus (Kelli) Lentz Lahr, Julie Lentz Mathenia, Micah (Tiffany) Cress, Jonathon (Melani) Cress, and Nathan (Anhie) Cress; and 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great- grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by siblings Kenneth Wayne Cress, Doris Jean Cress Cain, Hugh Henry Cress and Wanda May Cress Hesterberg.

Memorials can be directed to the Quad County Hospice. Condolences can be left at