Dr. Harvey J. Kres

September 3, 1927 - December 22, 2016

Dr. Harvey J. Kres, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, of Cape Coral, Florida, passed on to his eternal reward in Heaven on December 22, 2016 at Hope Hospice.

Dr. Kres was affectionately known as “Harv, Dad, or Grandpa” by his devoted wife of 39 years, Dorothy Kres of Cape Coral; his two surviving children-Dawn Storr of Magnolia, Delaware and Jim Kres of Clinton, Iowa; his three surviving stepchildren-Melinda Beck, Nancy Ziegler and Travis Jolliff, Sr; 12 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren.

He was adored by all of his family and friends because he lived a life of positive impact, care and compassion based on his strong belief in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Harv was born to James and Laura Slais Kres in Chicago, Illinois on September 3, 1927. He grew up in Chicago, where he enjoyed playing hockey and baseball. In high school Harv was a member of the National Honor Society. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, received the World War II Victory Medal and was Honorably Discharged as a Seaman Second Class in June of 1946.

Dr. Kres graduated in 1948 from Monroe College of Optometry where he was a member of Kappa Phi Delta Honor Society. Upon graduation from Monroe, Dr. Kres practiced optometry in Riverside, Illinois, and then became a successful stockbroker with Rodman and Renshaw in downtown Chicago. Later Dr. Kres established an optometry practice in Oak Brook, Illinois. He was a long time donor and member on the Presidents Counsel of his beloved Moody Bible Institute.

In 1978, Dr. Kres and Dorothy (Dotty) Perkinson Kres were married in Knoxville, Tennessee and resided for the next 39 years in Wheaton, Illinois, Cape Coral, Florida, and Homer, Alaska, enjoying 6 months a year in Homer until 2012. They loved traveling the United States and the world together and Harv especially enjoyed boating, fishing and sharing the Gospel of Christ wherever he went.

Harv lived by his motto in life:

“Just One Life,
’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done
For Christ, will last.”

The family will hold a private family memorial service and in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Dr. Harvey Kres to Dallas Seminary in Dallas, Texas.

Friends and family are invited to send condolencesvia the online guest book at www.mullinsmemorial.com.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


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