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Larry K. "Unc" Cress

October 11, 1934 ~ January 12, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old


Larry Keith "Unc" Cress, age 88, of Mars, formerly of Valencia, passed away on Thursday morning, January 12, 2023 at UPMC Passavant Hospial in McCandless Twp.  

Born in Mars, PA on October 11, 1934, he was the son of the late William L. and Irma Niggel Cress, Sr.

Larry served in the 10th Marines leaving service in 1956 as Sergeant HSBAT and was a dedicated employee for National Fuel Gas for 28 years retiring October 1996 as Foreman. 

He had been President of the Mars Boosters from 1970-80 and had also been President of the Mars Quarterback Club.

He was the anchor for his extended family and friends group, leading memorable get-togethers including their “famous” Ocean City, MD beach trips.  His favorite pastime was being with his family and friends.   

Larry will be lovingly remembered by his children, Kimberly “Kim” Wilkes (Matthew) and Keith Cress (Jennifer), his 4 grandchildren, Shannon Wilkes, Matthew Wilkes, Larry Cress, and Ella Cress.  He was affectionately known as “Unc” to many adoring nephews, nieces and family friends who will miss him greatly. 

He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years Mary “Betty” Cress, who he married on May 23, 1964 and who passed away on July 22, 2021 and by his sister, Irma Jane Aiken and his brother, William Cress.    

Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Sunday, January 15, 2023 from 1-4:00 PM. Services will follow at 4:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be in West Union Cemetery, Pine Twp., PA.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his honor to Marine Corps Foundation  (  Directions and condolences are available at      


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