Ervin W. Kress, 91, of Ashland, passed from this life Saturday night, June 9, 2018, and was welcomed by a host of angels to his heavenly home.
He was cared for in the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland after an extended illness.
He was born July 18, 1926, in Hanover, PA, a son of the late Ervin Sr. and Annie Miller Kress. In addition to his parents, Ervin was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mildred Neal Kress of 69 years in 2015; a son, David Michael Kress; and two sisters, Cerlene Cole and Shirley Fohl.
Ervin served his country honorably during WWII in the U.S. Army. He retired from Tennessee Gas Pipeline after 35 years of service as a chief operator in 1985, however, his love throughout his life was being a member of England Hill Freewill Baptist Church since 1950. Ervin was called by God to preach the gospel as an ordained minister in 1959 and taught Sunday school for 57 years. He was the founder of the Old Fashion Days at the church in 1974, and he was a huge Kentucky Wildcats Fan.
He is survived by a daughter, Brenda Jill Reed of Ashland; and a son, Eddie Kress (Betty) of Lexington, KY; a daughter-in-law, Sheila Wooten Kress of Murfreesboro, TN; five grandchildren, Tammy Sammons (Grant), Kevin Johnson (Desiree), Timothy Clark, Eric Kress, Chad Kress; and 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jean Myers of Terre Haute, IN, and Beverly Hoover of York, PA.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at England Hill Freewill Baptist Church, 10201 Mayo Trail in Catlettsburg with Rev. Willie May and Rev. Grant Sammons officiating. Burial will be in Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens in Ashland.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday evening at the church.
Neal-Kilgore & Collier Funeral Home is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the England Hill Freewill Baptist Church Building Fund or Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Ave., Ashland, KY 41101.
To my family and all the members of England Hill Church, "Thanks For The Memories".
Condolences may be sent to kilgorecollierfuneralhome.com.
Published on June 11, 2018