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Jacob Cress


Jacob Cress, 36, of Olin, passed away Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. He was able to give the gift of life to others by being a donor. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Lahey and Dawson Funeral Home in Olin. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Green Cemetery in Morley.
Jacob Austin Cress was born May 10, 1982, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Randy and Carol (Bickford) Cress. Jake graduated from Olin High School, Class of 2000. He then worked as an internet installation technician. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Mechanicsville. He married Melissa Falkner on June 11, 2005, in Anamosa, Iowa.
Jake was a member of the Olin softball league and enjoyed playing men's slow-pitch. He loved fishing with his children. He was a Little League coach for baseball, basketball and any other sports he could get involved in. He enjoyed vacationing in Wisconsin with his family every year. He loved the outdoors, nature and his many pets, especially his pot-bellied pig, Daisy.
Those left to cherish Jacob's memories are his wife, Melissa; children, Kael and McKenna; parents, Randy and Carol Cress of Anamosa; brothers, Jeremy Cress of Marion and Jordan (Devan) Cress of Anamosa; maternal grandpa, Dale Bickford of Onslow; nephew, Kaiden Cress; nieces, Kylee Cress, Kaili Falkner, Aecha Falkner, Emma Reynolds, and one on the way, Hayden; mother-in-law, Kristi Sharp of Olin; father-in-law, Chuck Sharp of Olin; brother-in-law, Matt (Stormy) Falkner of Olin; and sister-in-law, Rachel Cress of Lisbon.
Jacob was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Forrest and Claribel Cress; maternal grandma, Gwen Bickford; and maternal grandmother-in-law and grandfather-in-law, Lois and Gene Brecht.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to his family in his honor.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.laheys.com.