Michael John Gress, 60, of Rye, Colorado, passed away May 17, 2006. Survived by his children, Katie Gress and Ali Gress, both of Rye, Colo.; twin sister, Marilyn (Ralph) Swarthout of North Pole, Alaska; brother, H. Stephen Gress of Westminster, Colo.; exwife, Maggie Reineke of Rye; nieces, Stephanie (Matt) Forester of Missouri, Susan (David) Fischer of North Pole and Elizabeth (Bradley) Bengford, Ellicott, Colo.; and nephew, Chris Flores of Pueblo. Preceded in death by his parents, Harold S. and Mary J. Gress. Michael was born Aug. 28, 1945, in Hollister, Calif. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and was employed by Target Distribution Center. Member of Rye United Methodist Church, Greenhorn Valley Players and Rye Booster Club. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20, 2006, at Rye United Methodist Church with Pastor Emily Neely officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Greenhorn Valley Players or Bonfils Blood Center, direct or through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colorado 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. To the family and friends of Mike.

    I am so sorry for your loss. Mike was a friendly guy, always willing to help out a co-worker. I will surely miss his smile.

    God bless you

  2. I grew up with Mike in La Junta, CO, and he was one of the nicest guys in town. He looked pretty cute in his band uniform marching around Tiger Field. I never told him but I always loved him in my heart. Heaven is lucky to have him. Ann Walker Turnbull

  3. To Mike’s family: I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I worked with Mike at Targe and we had a lot of laughs over the years. He would sing to me over the phone, and recommend books. He was always smiling. I will miss him.

    Susan

  4. To the family of Mike Gress. He will be missed by all. We all loved him at the playhouse. He was a great actor. Shall miss his smile and booming voice. Go with God, Mike. We shall miss you.

    Joyce and David Herlacher

  5. Katie and Ali,
    I’m so sorry about your loss of your Dad.
    I have always worked with your Dad. Now I have to find a partner.
    Your Dad and I worked so good together, listened to his story about His Girls. He was proud of both of you. You made him a proud Dad.
    I will miss your Dad. He was like a brother to me. He was a special guy in my life.
    Mikie, God bless you.
    Your Target teammate and a good friend, Dianne Koeller

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