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“I seem to have seem Uncle Joe only on "special" occasions every few decades. In 2006 I saw him, Aunt Sally and Marion at Emma's house and later at...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Gerri Kresse Pritchard - Irving, TX

“"Uncle" Joe will be missed.He and Uncle Gene wre more like my big brother. I know he will scope out Heaven and fill me in when I get there. ”
2 of 13 | Posted by: Herman Kresse - hOUSTON, TX

“Aunt Sally, My brother Ronnie and myself want to express our sorrow at the loss of Uncle Joe. I will always remember meeting Uncle...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Maurus Kresse - Mobile, AL

“My memories of Uncle Joe would fill a book, but his love of the Catholic church, Opera, Shakespeare, Microbiology, Gardening and Bottling his own...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Emily Davis - North Little Rock, AR

“I have very fond memories of walking in the garden with Joe and him sharing his knowledge of plants. I especially remember digging up potatoes. Joe...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Midge - Bronx, NY - friend

“Marie, your tears are my prayers. In the Lenten season that leads us to the Easter resurrection and promise of eternal life, I hope you find comfort...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Chera McDonnell - West Des Moines, IA

“I always felt a special kinship with Uncel Joe, and I would guess that the cousins felt the same way about my dad. It wasn't just the look-alike...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Tom Kresse - Boca Raton, FL

“Dear Aunt Sally and Family, I was so saddened to hear about Uncle Joe. He was so sweet and had that great wit! Please know all of you are in my...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Becca Ritchie-Carr - Little Rock, AR

“I will miss you. I remember going to "Kresse corner" growing up and playing softball, football, etc and you were always around. May peace be with...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Lori Churchill - Maxwell, IA

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all, Aunt Sally and all my dear cousins. I loved Uncle Joe and not just because he looked just like "our Dad". I...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Lisa Kresse Patterson - Texarkana, AR

“It may have been decades since I last saw Uncle Joe, but lessons I learned from him and Uncle Gene have been with me forever. God rest his soul. ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Jerry Climer - Edenton, NC

“MY FAVORITE UNCLE IS NOW AN ANGEL ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: SHEILA CLIMER WHITBEY - AR

“Grandpa was surely one of a kind. I have so many fond memories. Even though I have lived in Alabama most of my life, I have alway felt close to both...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Jessica Nicholson - Cullman, AL


Joseph I. Kresse passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at the Ramsey Village Nursing Home in Des Moines. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Nevada. Burial will follow at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Nevada.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. March 23 at the Maxwell Community Center in Maxwell.

Joseph Ignatius Kresse was born Jan. 15, 1922, in North Little Rock, Ark. to Herman and Emma (Ulrich) Kresse. He attended Catholic High School in Little Rock, graduating in 1941. Attending with him was his identical twin brother, Eugene "Gene" Kresse.

Joe served in both the Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II . He saw action in both the South Pacific and North Atlantic.

Joe attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala. earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He furthered his studies doing post graduate work at the University of Arkansas and graduated in Medical Technology.

On March 13, 1952, he married Sarah M. True, and moved from N. Little Rock to Kennett Square, Pa., then to Maxwell, where they were members of the community for 49 years, and raised 11 children.

Joe was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a microbiologist working in veterinary medical technology in Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and Iowa. Joe specialized in virology and applied his knowledge to domestic and foreign animal diseases, especially with a project to eliminate hog cholera in the United States. He worked at the National Animal Disease Laboratory in Ames, until his retirement in 1987.

After retirement, Joe was a virology teacher/researcher in the Master's program in Virology at the University of Mexico in Mexico City. Also, after retirement Joe was active in his parish at St. Patrick's in Nevada. He found his niche in serving the members of his parish at CEW weekends, Parish Council, and sharing his faith in Bible studies.

Surviving Joe are his wife, Sarah; his children, Sarah (Gene) Behrens, of Des Moines, Marion (Jean), of Ames, Mary (Tom) Hoelscher, of Dubuque, Joe (Olga), of Bloomington, Minn., Charles (Donna), of Lemont, Ill., Robert (Cyndi) of Eagan, Minn., Marie (Dave Elliott), of Des Moines, Patricia ("Cap") Casady, of Indianola, Theresa, of Des Moines, Ben (Candace), of Louisville, Ky., and Helen (Bill Langebartles), of Des Moines. He also is survived by 29 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. He has two living brothers, Gene (Doris), of N. Little Rock, and Andrew (Arletta), of Conway, Ark.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; six siblings; and an infant son, David Michael Kresse.

Memorials may be given to St. Patrick's Parish of Nevada, St. Mary's Parish of Elkhart, Iowa, or to the charity of one's choice.

Bacon Funeral Home and Crematory in Maxwell is handling arrangements.

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A message from Joe's family:

Joe's family would like to thank everyone for the tremendous outpouring of support and sympathy. The kind words, food and your time were greatly appreciated. A special thank you to those who took part in the service, everything was beautiful and the way Joe would have wanted it. Thank you again and God bless.

The Kresse Family

Funeral Home
Bacon Funeral Homes & Crematory
422 First Street Maxwell, IA 50161
Tel. (515) 387-8885

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