Robert J. Cress Jr., 67

Robert J. Cress Jr., 67, of Greenwood, Del., passed away at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, Del., on Aug. 24, 2019. He was born in Darby, Pa., on Feb. 2, 1952, to the late Robert J. Cress Sr. and Beulah Kelly Cress.

Cress graduated from Springfield (Pa.) High School in 1970, and was an engineering major in the Community College of Delaware County (Pa.). Cress enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1970 and was honorably discharged as a gunner’s mate. He then entered a career in HVAC.

He loved his family and especially enjoyed his grandchildren. He loved travelling and made 20 trips to the Bahamas, Jamaica and more. His toys were Indian, Harley Davidson and Yamaha motorcycles. As a “Coastie,” of course, he loved boats and fishing, too.

Cress was preceded in death by two sisters, Patricia Cress Widmere and Amy Cress Fry. He is survived by his long-time companion, Linda Solum; his three children, Robert J. Cress III of Philadelphia, Pa., William Louis Adam Cress of Georgetown, Del., and Kelley Cress Zavala of Philadelphia; his siblings, Donna Cress Hornberger and her husband, Larry, of Duluth, Ga., Mary Caye Cress Bowen of Upper Chichester, Pa., and Charles Phillip Cress and his wife, Megan, of Springfield, Pa; and his two grandchildren, Mickey Zavala and Aidan Cress.

A visitation and funeral service were scheduled for Aug. 29, 2019, at the Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, Del., with the Rev. James Van Der Wall officiating. Interment with military honors was to follow, at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital; 1600 Rockland Rd.; Wilmington, DE 19803. Condolences may be sent online at