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Dick Eugene Kress, originally of Terre Haute, Indiana, passed into Eternity on Jan. 24, 2018. Born Robert Eugene Kress, he used the name "Gehne" as early as 1978.
He is survived by four children, Robert L. "Bob" West (Lisa), Greencastle, Ind.; Barbara J. "Jeannie" West, formerly of Terre Haute; David W. West (Mollie), Huntsville, Ala.; and William S. "Steve" West (Deborah), Lutz, Fla. Grandkids include Annie, Gracie, Matthew, Stevie Marie, Katy, Tesia and Olivia; and seven great-grandchildren.
Dick attended Otter Creek and Honey Creek high schools and later Indiana State University. In 1959 he joined the Air Force at Riverside, Calif. In 1961 he transferred with family to Rhinemine Air force Base in Germany. The family enjoyed many wonderful sights camping throughout Europe. In 1967 he moved west to Houston, Texas, before settling in Santa Barbara County in 1983, where he worked as a planning technician and enjoyed playing volleyball on the beach. Robert resided at the Senior Housing Authority and has expressed his gratefulness for the support he received from several wonderful acquaintances and professionals he may have never even known in the community. Serenity House assisted.
Published on January 24, 2018
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