Kenneth Bress

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Memorial services for Mr. Kenneth Bress, 83, of Spencer, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, at Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer. Rev. Paul Hansen will officiate the service.

Burial will take place at North Lawn Memorial Park in Spencer at 1 a.m. Thursday, prior to the memorial service.

Mr. Bress passed away Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Kenneth Duane Bress, the son of Jacob and Lena (Dickman) Bress, was born June 25, 1928, in Hartley, Ia. His childhood years were spent in Sheldon, where he received his education, graduating from Sheldon High School.

Ken married Evelyn First on March 27, 1948, in Worthington, Minn. Throughout the years, Ken and Evelyn lived in Marshalltown and Holstein, Ia. before moving to Spencer. In Spencer, he was meat manager at the A & P store and later opened Ken's Meat Market in Spencer with Jerry Olin as part of Olin's Market. In 1971, he built "The Butcher Shop" and continued operating it until his retirement in 1994. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer. Ken & Evelyn took many trips abroad to Russia, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Mexico and Japan. They retired to Tucson, AZ. Their summers were spent traveling all over the United States. With Evelyn's declining health, Ken had to learn how to be a caretaker and they moved back to Spencer. He was a 50-year member of Hy-Noon Kiwanis, where he served as president and Lt. Governor. Ken later joined Golden K Kiwanis, which he helped organize in the 70's. He was also a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers-in-law: Merle Harper, Dick Uittenbogaard and Orville Wiersma; and a foster daughter, Pam Loats.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Evelyn of Spencer; two sons: Keith and his wife, Linda Bress of Spencer, and Kent and his wife, Kate Bress of Arlington, Va.; three grandchildren: David Bress of Iowa City, Ia., Ashley Bress and Orion Bress - both of Arlington, Va.; six sisters: Doris (Milt) Harper Johnson, Ardis Uittenbogaard, Beverly Wiersma, Vione (Vernon) Nieuwenhuis, Janey (Jerry) Westra and LaDone (Darrel) Schnurr; his special friends, Nancy and Mike Taylor of Milford, Ia.; a foreign exchange student, Shu Murao of Japan; and a foreign exchange teacher, Michelle Keller of Switzerland; other relatives and friends.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.