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1934 Paul 2015

Paul Gress

May 2, 1934 — January 13, 2015

Paul L. Gress, 80, Center, died of complications from influenza on January 13, 2015 at St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, January 16 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church, Center, with Fr. Charlie Heidt celebrating. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at St. Martin’s Cemetery in Center.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 pm on Thursday, January 15 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church with Parish Rosary / vigil at 7 pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

Paul was born May 2, 1934 in Prosser, WA to Peter and Mathilda (Gress) Gress. His family moved to North Dakota when he was 3 years old. He attended country school through the eighth grade. Paul completed Auctioneering School. On April 19, 1960 he married LaVerne Burkhardt at Crown Butte. They moved to Center in 1966 and Paul worked as a carpenter for a short time and as a millwright until 1974. He then pursued his passion and began farming and ranching full time. Ranching was his life and he also enjoyed hunting deer and coyotes and watching Fox News. Paul loved family get togethers, his children and grandchildren meant the world to him. A warm and loving man, everyone loved being around Paul and he will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him.

Blessed to have shared his life is his wife of 54 years, LaVerne Gress, Center; his seven children, Leslie (Vivian) Gress, Center, Kelly (Mervin) Emineth, Mandan, Darla (Daniel) Emineth, Bismarck, Russ Gress, Center, Darlene Gress, Bismarck, Brenda (Joey) Nagel, Center, and Kimberly (Justin) Gooden, Bismarck; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; three sisters, Anne Smith, Mandan, Shirley Dowd, Minneapolis, MN, and Mary (Paul) Kottke, Minneapolis, MN; two brothers, Dennis (Dawn) Gress and Frank (Mary) Gress, all of Mandan; numerous nieces, nephews, and countless friends.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Beverly; sister, JoAnne Ackerson; and brother, Harry Gress.

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