- January 15, 1922 - January 10, 2013
- North Little Rock, Arkansas
of Eugene's Passing
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“Dear Dr. Kresse, Cynthia, and the entire Kresse family, we were so saddened to hear of the loss of your father. May you find comfort in your sweet...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: Ken and Lee Ellen Kinser - AR
“Mrs. Kresse, Lisa, Kevin and Family: May God Bless you at this time of loss! I would see Mr. Kresse at Catholic High events such as the Catholic...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Reginald Rogers - Little Rock, AR
“Dear Kresse Family,
While out of town this past weekend, I learned of Gene's passing. I reflected back on all those good memories of him, Dorris,...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: Lisa Smith - Little Rock, AR
“May I send a most heartfelt condolense to the entire Kresse family, on the passing of their dear patriarch. A beautiful memorial to a gentleman I...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: Cynthia Corkran - Eureka Springs, AR
“Kevin and Family
Remember that your loss is shared by your many friends that care for you and your family.
We hope the love and support that is...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: Pepper and Rusty
“I am deeply sorry for your loss. I did not have the privilege & honor of knowing this incredible man, but I know he will be sorely missed. He...Read More »
6 of 24 | Posted by: Trudy - Lincoln, NE
“Dear Kathy and Family,
I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I know these last few months with your father have meant so much to you. It sounds like...Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: Jennifer Robert - Lafayette, LA
“Kresse Family, We are sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this most difficult time. Your friends at CartiNlr
8 of 24 | Posted by: CartiNlr - Nlr, AR
“Tom and family, We're so sorry to hear about your father. Just know we are thinking about you. You are all in our prayers. Mike and Linda
9 of 24 | Posted by: mike and linda boever - cabot, AR
“As patients of Greg we just wanted to send our prayers and condolences to your family.
10 of 24 | Posted by: Bill and Nancy Goff ,Randy and Gayla Wolfinbarger - AR
“We were saddened to hear today when my Dad Herman told me that Great Uncle Gene had passed on. My Dad has always spoken fondly of his Uncles Gene &...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: John M. & Brenda Kresse - Houston, TX
“Dear Doris & Family,
We are saddened by your loss of Gene. Be rest assured that you are in our thoughts and prayers
12 of 24 | Posted by: Walter & Elizabrth Binz - AR
You and Gene were my mom & dads dearest and oldest friends. I remember coming to the house and kids running everywhere and having the...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Diane (Faulk) Taylor - Clearwater, FL
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14 of 24 | Posted by: Lally Brown - Little Rock, AR
“It was amazing that my brother Richard and I got to see you just hours before you passed. It involved a series of coincidences which brought us from...Read More »
15 of 24 | Posted by: Gerri Kresse Pritchard - Irving, TX
“Dorrie and family-My prayers are with you all. I will never forget one time when I was young, Gene said all girls needed to know how to waltz, so he...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Ginny Robertson Kobe - AR
“Dear Dorris and family,I am sorry I am unable to come due to a past fall. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I have many happy memories of...Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: sally kresse - dubuque, IA
“My heart and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
18 of 24 | Posted by: Dean Weaver - North Little Rock, AR
“To Gene,The man that let me drive his NEW 1947 Chevy in 1948. I was 12 years old. I drove around the block at 1511 Welch one time. I only jumped...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: F.K. 'Stoney" Jackson - AR
“Adding my love, thoughts & prayers to the Kresse family upon the loss of your precious father. I, being an only child, have such fond memories of...Read More »
20 of 24 | Posted by: Linda Kaiser
“So sorry to hear of your loss. I know he will be greatly missed. Just looking at his smiling face put a smile on mind.
Kay from Gibbs
21 of 24 | Posted by: Kay Barnes (Thomas) - Sherwood, AR
“Kathy and the Kresse family: My sincerest condolences to you and your family. I know how much this time with your Dad has meant to you and although...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: Joycelyn Verot - Youngsville, LA
“Such a Beautiful Memorial! How special this world would be if every family had a father & husband like him. My thoughts and prayers to the Kresse...Read More »
23 of 24 | Posted by: Donna Richard - Lafayette, LA
“Few people have had the impact on my life as Uncle Gene. My earliest memories include the challenge of trying to tell Gene from Joe and dealing with...Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: Jerry Climer - Edenton, NC
The long rich life of Eugene Kresse came to an end on January 10, 2013. His wife Dorris was at his side, as she has been for over 66 years. He left surrounded in the love of eleven children, twenty three grandchildren and fifteen great grand-children.
Eugene Martin Kresse was born on January 15, 1922 in North Little Rock, Arkansas, one of identical twins. He and his twin brother Joseph walked across the railroad bridge to Little Rock to attend Catholic High School. It was there at Homecoming that he was football captain to Dorris Gerke's Homecoming Queen. After serving in the Navy and Coast Guard during World War Two, Gene came home to marry his Homecoming Queen.
The first job was at Wrape Stave Company. During that time, Gene attended night school to become an accountant. Several years and several children later, he went to work in accounting at Visking Corporation, which Chicopee Manufacturing later acquired. During every vacation, he taught his sons the art of the handy man, as he repaired the plumbing and electrical in the home, and removed and added walls to accommodate his growing family.
Gene made sure every one of his children went to Catholic High School and St. Mary's Academy. His six daughters and five sons enjoyed a love of learning. This came from their parent's example, and Gene especially loved literature and the humanities. Books spilled out of every corner of the house. His children grew up hearing his beloved opera and classical music, interjected between their own records.
Gene's emphasis on education always went with a love of the Catholic religion. His faith was in every aspect of his life, maintained with a sense of personal connection and quiet intensity. Throughout his lifetime, he and Dorris were active and supportive members of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in North Little Rock.
He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter Karen Kresse, wife of Bob Stroud, his parents, Herman and Emma Kresse, three brothers, Herman Kresse, Lawrence Kresse, and Joseph Kresse, and four sisters, Theresa Kresse Brucker, Monica Kresse Climer, Emma Kresse Mayes and Leona Kresse Ritchie.
Gene is survived by his wife Dorris, their ten children: Tom (Sandy) Kresse, Kathy Kresse, Christy (Jim) Leach, Tim Kresse, Greg (Julie) Kresse, Cynthia Kresse, Sharon (Bevan Alvey) Kresse, Lisa (Paul) Patterson, Kevin (Bridget) Kresse, John Kresse., and his brother Andrew Kresse. He is also survived by his grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, who say of their Poppa "the single greatest gift to enjoy over the years, has been watching you interact with Grandma and your children. It is the epitome of love and a blueprint on how to do things right."
Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., Sunday followed by a rosary at 6:00 p.m., at North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main St., 758-1170. Online obituary and guest registry at www.nlrfh.com.
Memorials may be made to St Patrick's Church in lieu of flowers. The family of Eugene Kresse would like express appreciation to all those who assisted in his care in heart, in prayers, and in presence.