Connie E. Cress of Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Plainfield, died Sept. 9 at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers from kidney failure.
Born Feb. 11, 1931, in Marion County, he was the son of the late Thomas and Dessie (Stevens) Cress.
Mr. Cress graduated from Amo High School in the class of 1949. He then entered Tri State College where he played basketball. After one year he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he spent two years in Georgia teaching communications.
After his tour in the Army, he returned to school at the University of Indianapolis, earning his bachelor of science degree and on to Indiana State University for his master's degree. He started his teaching and coaching career at Lizton after two years. He took a job teaching and coaching at Belle Union before moving to Fillmore. Leaving there he went on to Cloverdale as principal for eight years. With the starting of consolidated schools, he moved to be principal of Mill Creek East Elementary. He retired from Mill Creek Schools as assistant superintendent.
Mr. Cress became a member of Amo Friends Church when he was 17. He also attended the Christian church and was a lifetime member of the Plainfield Elks.
Survivors include his wife, Betsy (Wilson) Cress of Fort Myers; a daughter, Caroline Baer of Martinsville; a sister, Dorothy (Gerald) Edwards of Greencastle; brothers-in-law Bill Nelson of Amo and Max Marlowe of Plainfield; three nephews, Brian Nelson of Plainfield, Bruce Nelson of Amo, and Randy (Lisa) Davis of Greencastle; two nieces, Kathy Barnett of Noblesville and Paula (Jack) Sheets of New Palestine; and 13 great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Betty Nelson, Eleanor Sides, and Shirley Marlowe; and two nieces, Janella Edwards Whittaker and Carla Edwards Padgett.
Services are 2 p.m. Sept. 28 in Hampton-Gentry Funeral Home, Plainfield, where friends may call from 12:30 p.m. until service time. Inurnment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Plainfield.
Online condolences may be sent at www.hamptongentry.com.