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Thomas LeRoy Kreis

January 20, 2019

Thomas LeRoy Kreis

July 11, 1933-Jan. 17, 2019

Thomas LeRoy Kreis, 85, of Stromsburg, passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, at Stromsburg United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dan Spearow officiating. Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Stromsburg Methodist Church. Interment will be in the Stromsburg Cemetery with military rites by the Stromsburg Legion Post 132. Memorials are suggested to the Stromsburg United Methodist Church.

Tom was born July 11, 1933, in Stromsburg, to Russell Faye and Edna Pearl (Myers) Kreis. He attended Stromsburg schools, graduating in 1953. Tom served in the United States Army from Aug. 20, 1953-June 23, 1955. While serving in the Army in Kentucky, he met Bessie Jane Casey, and they were married on Aug. 8, 1959 in Louisville, Kentucky. They moved to Orlando, Florida, for two years and then to Stromsburg in 1963. Bessie passed away Oct. 31, 1998.

Tom farmed and operated Tom Kreis Dry Wall Construction for 42 years, retiring in 2005. Tom was united in marriage to Connie Leah (Covert) Seydlitz on June 8, 2004, in Nevada. Tom was a 50 year member of the Eastern Star, the Stromsburg Masonic Lodge #126 AF and AM, and the Shriners, a 40-year member of the Elks Club in York, and the Stromsburg American Legion Post 132.

Survivors include his wife, Connie of Stromsburg; two daughters, Crystal Seydlitz of Stromsburg and Vannessa (Robbie) Haneline of Licking, Missouri; son-in-law, Raymond Ochsner of Sutton; two brothers, Bob Kreis and special friend Chris of Lincoln, and Lyle Kreis of Phoenix; three grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Bessie; one daughter, Patricia Ochsner; one brother, Ralph; one sister, Emily Hoyt; and niece, Lindsay Larson.

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