Robert M. “Mike” Cress
March 11, 1955 ‒ May 20, 2018
“He fought the good fight” is the simplest way to describe the life of Mike Cress.
Robert M. (Mike) Cress passed this life to go to heaven Sunday, May 20, 2018 after a brief battle with cancer.
He was born in Chicago, Illinois and adopted by his late parents, William and Mary Jane Cress. He spent much of his life in the Mansfield area, moving here as a child. He graduated from Malabar high school in 1973. He was employed by numerous businesses throughout his lifetime, including a fairly long time at the former Ubrand warehouse in Shelby. He retired from the Madison Local School District in 2003 – a job he loved because he felt he was making a difference in the life of the disabled students he worked with. His most important job was being a loving husband and father – he even did a stint as a stay at home dad when his children were in elementary school.
Mike was a 15 year stroke survivor but he did not let his physical disabilities define him. Until last year he was still mowing the grass and bringing in the firewood one tote at a time. Enjoyed going to the YMCA to work out on the machines as long as he was able and he loved working in his garage where he had a specific location for every tool and could easily tell you what was missing.
Mike had a big heart, as big as all outdoors. He never met a stranger and he loved little children. He wanted to help everyone, whether it be disaster relief either on a personal family level or a national one, providing for someone who was doing without or simply supporting a charity.
Mike loved to travel, especially to Kentucky where he had roots, and to Pennsylvania to visit his in-laws. Pennsylvania was where he called home. He enjoyed going anywhere in the car, even if it was just to sit in the car while someone else did errands. He was an avid Penn State fan and supporter of the University of Kentucky basketball. He collected ball caps, having so many he never got a chance to wear some of the newer ones. Most of all Mike loved his coffee – Dunkin Donuts to be specific. He lived for the days when he could go up the interstate to get coffee and a donut.
He was a past member of Grace Bible Church in Lucas, where he served a term as deacon. Even though he did not attend church anymore, he maintained his faith in God and had a nightly prayer list that he faithfully attended to when he was able.
Mike met the love of his life, Bea, in church and married her 3 weeks later. People said it would never last. His death ends a union of almost 38 years.
Mike is survived by his wife, Beatrice (Hoover) Cress, two sons, Jonathan (Georgetta Crisp) and Benjamin and 3 “almost” grandchildren, Izzy, Avery and Carra. He is further survived by a brother, David (Sheryl) Cress, two brothers-in-law, LaVerne Hoover and Levon (Beth) Hoover, and a sister-in-law, Lynn (Jim) Clark, special cousin Louise Rothermel, 4 nephews and 1 niece and an aunt Jean Cress of Kentucky as well as multiple extended family members. He leaves behind his four legged family, Hazel, Beau, Nora, Sue and Lilly all of whom stayed by his side, loved and protected him and now are lost without him.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his parents in law, Nevin and Doris Hoover, and a sister in law, Brenda Hoover as well as several aunts and uncles.
There will be no funeral for Mike, but a celebration of life for him at a later date. Mike would not want you to cry for him or be sad, but go out and help someone else in his memory- his chains are gone and he is set free from all the problems he had in this life.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to assist the family with final expenses may be made by calling Snyder Funeral Homes at 419-884-1711.