Mr. John Philip Gress, 67

May 17, 2010
  • John Philip Gress, 67

SEPT. 18, 1942-MAY 14, 2010

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Mr. John Philip Gress, 67, of 254 N. Broad St., Waynesboro, Pa., passed away Friday, May 14, 2010, in Select Specialty Hospital, Camp Hill, Pa. He had been in failing health for the past two months.

Born Sept. 18, 1942, in Waynesboro, he was the son of Mrs. Laura K. (Fisher) Gress of Waynesboro and the late Philip N. Gress.

He was a lifelong resident of the Waynesboro area.

Mr. Gress graduated from Waynesboro Area Senior High School with the class of 1960. He later went on to study engineering.

His wife of 45 years, Mrs. Jean L. (Baker) Gress, died May 4, 2006.

Mr. Gress was employed as an engineer for Litton Manufacturing, Waynesboro, for more than 26 years. He retired in 1986.

He was a member of Antique Auto Association, Train Collectors Association and served on the board of directors for Burns Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro.


Mr. Gress enjoyed restoring antique cars, visiting antiques shops and collecting toy trains.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his companion, Jean L. Fiore of Waynesboro; a brother, Richard E. Gress of Shippensburg, Pa.; one niece; several nephews; and several great-nephews.

In addition to his father and wife, he was preceded in death by a great-nephew, Gabriel Simmers Gress.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro, with Pastor Roger L. Myers officiating. Burial will follow in Burns Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Burns Hill Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 694, Waynesboro, PA 17268; or Antietam Humane Society, 8513 Lyons Road, Waynesboro, PA 17268.

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