John H. Gress of Miami died Thursday, May 10, 2007, at Heartland Plaza in Miami. He was 85.

Gress was born March 4, 1922, in Wyandotte to Charlie and Golda (Rickner) Gress. He lived in the Wyandotte and Miami areas all of his life.

He was a World War II veteran of the Army.

He worked for B.F. Goodrich for 37 and a half years and was a member of the United Rubberworkers Union. He was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Miami.

He married Opal Mae Mitchell on June 13, 1942, in Ottawa County. She survives, of the home.

Additional survivors include two daughters and their husbands, Joan and Lloyd Ogle of Miami and Sandra and Charles Buxton of Broken Arrow, four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and all his siblings.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Assembly of God Church in Miami with the Rev. Raymond Frizzelle and Dr. Jeff Ogle officiating. Burial will be in G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami.

Military rites will be conducted by the Missouri National Guard Military Honors Team of Joplin, Mo.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Ogle, Jared Ogle, Jacob Ogle, Derek Fisher, Wes Buxton and Brad Buxton.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami.