Raymond "Ed" Gress

Raymond “Ed” Gress, 79, of Blue Springs, MO, formerly of Waukon, died Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs, MO. Funeral services were held Monday, December 19 at Martin - Grau Funeral Home in Waukon with Pastor Duane Smith officiating. Burial with military honors was at Salem Cemetery in rural Waukon.

Raymond Edward Gress II was born October 10, 1943 in Des Moines, the son of Raymond Edward Sr. and Laura Mae (Hamann) Gress. He grew up in Waukon and attended Ludlow school. From 1966-1968, Ed was active duty in the U.S. Army, stationed in Fort Polk, LA with the rank of SP5; he was honorably discharged to the Army Reserves, serving there until 1972.

June 16, 1968, Ed married Virginia “Susie” Lea Brooks in Anacoco, LA. They lived in Shreveport, LA, where Ed worked and retired from Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning in Bossier City, LA. They then came back to Waukon before moving to Blue Springs, MO to live with their daughter.

While in Shreveport, Ed was a member of South Acres Baptist Church, and he became a member of First Baptist Church after returning to Waukon. Ed loved being outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also liked spending time in his garden. Mostly, Ed loved spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Susie, of Blue Springs, MO; two children: Raymond Edward (Tori) Gress III of Monona and Laura Lea (Paul) Wright of Blue Springs, MO; his grandchildren: Rae Anna Gebhardt, Tyler John (Emily) Gress, Melita (Tyler) Andreae, Kaleb (Bobbi) Gress, Chasity Wright, Cody (Kayley) Wright, Heather Schissel and Alicia (Matt) Cahoon; 14 great-grandchildren, with two on the way; three brothers: Dean (Carol) Gress of McGregor, Gary Gress of Waukon and Jim (JoAnn) Duvel of Postville; his brother-in-law, Don Waters of Waukon; and many nieces and nephews.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Ardith Waters; and his sister-in-law, Dorothy Gress.

Casketbearers were Tyler and Kaleb Gress, Cody Wright, Brian Waters, Tyler Andreae and Troy Gress.

Online condolences may be left at www.martinfunerals.com.