Archive for Thursday, April 20, 2006

Jay J. Cress Jr.


April 20, 2006

Services for Jay James Cress Jr., 68, Topeka, were Tuesday, April 18, at First Baptist Church in Topeka. Inurnment was at Eudora Cemetery. He was cremated.

Mr. Cress died Wednesday, April 12, 2006, at his son's home in Oklahoma City from mesothelioma.

He was born April 15, 1937, in Camden, N.J., the son of Jay J. and Charlotte Orcutt Cress.

Mr. Cress grew up in Arcadia, Calif., and graduated from Monrovia Duarte High School in California. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1962 with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering.

He lived in Colorado, Michigan, Kentucky and Kansas.

He retired from Westar Energy in 1999.

Mr. Cress was a member of the Army Reserves from 1960 to 1966 and Delta Sigma Phi.

He married Margean E. Westerhouse on Dec. 27, 1960, in Eudora. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include a son Jay James Cress III, Oklahoma City; a daughter, Joy Cree Thayer DVM, Nuevo, Calif.; a brother, Steve Cress, Lake Tahoe; and two sisters, Susan Welch and Nancy Lee, both of the Lake Tahoe area; and two grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church defibrillator fund, 3033 S.W. MacVicar, Topeka 66611 or the Eudora United Methodist Church Building Fund, 703 Church St., Eudora 66025 or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel in Topeka was in charge of arrangements.

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