Richard Gress

Richard Neil Gress

Thursday, May 7th, 2020
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Following breakfast on National Prayer Day, May 7, 2020 Richard “Rick” passed away peacefully. He was born on September 5, 1957 to Bernard and Martha Gress in Missoula at St. Patrick’s Hospital. He was the oldest of four siblings. He graduated from Hellgate Elementary and later earned his GED. Rick was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his early adulthood and lived a life full of various challenges. Even though he struggled with mental illness he found a passion in creating artwork. To this day, a painting of his hangs in the lobby of the Western Montana Mental Health Clinic. In 2014 a small article with his photo was published in the Missoula Rabble.

As a child he enjoyed camping with his grandparents, participating in the civil air patrol cadet program and building models. As an adult, he was often seen on Higgins Ave. wearing his cowboy hat and boots. His favorite holiday was Christmas which was shown by keeping his Christmas tree displayed year-round. This was an expression of his faith in God. He was always included in family gatherings.

Those that had the opportunity to get to know Rick quickly learned how big his heart was, and about his kind personality. Rick was the type of guy that would give his last dollar to someone in need.

He is survived by his Parents Bernard and Martha Gress. Siblings; Diane Godfrey (Hershel), Vyonne Moran (Lawrence) and Timothy Gress (Jennifer) Nieces; Gini Kay (Tim) Moriah Godfrey Hein (Jarom), Cassie Moran (Nathan Teats), Lea and Taya Gress. Nephews; Jacob Moran and Joshua Godfrey. Great nieces; Kaeleigh, Allison, Kendall, Wella and Freya. Great nephews; Atlas and Grey

He is preceded in death by his Grandparents John and Agatha Gress and Martin and Margaret Caluori along with his nephew Jonathan Moran.

The Gress Family would like to express their utmost gratitude to those that helped care for Rick throughout his life, to acknowledge all of the friendships he developed at River House, and the staff at Western Montana Mental Health Clinic.

Services will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at St. Francis Xavier Church. Visitation will take place starting at 10am, followed by Mass of Resurrection at 10:30am. Mass will be held under social distancing guidelines. Immediately following mass the family will take Rick for his “FINAL DRIVE” to Arlee and back to St. Mary’s Annex cemetery for interment. Family and Friends are invited to join the procession. Pallbearers; Timothy Gress, Lawrence Moran, Jacob Moran, Nathan Teats and Tim Kay.

The family will gather for a celebration of life using social distancing guidelines at the Moran residents following burial.

The family requests any donations be made to NAMI Missoula, P.O Box 5413, Missoula, MT 59806 or donor’s choice.
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    Thursday, May 14th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Thursday, May 14th, 2020 10:30am
    St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
    420 West Pine
    MISSOULA, MT 59802
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Vyonne Moran

Posted at 01:17am
Almost a month has went by since you left this earth. I never thought I would miss our drives to Arlee or your numerous phone calls each day. It was a gift to get to know my older brother better these past few years. Our relationship was special. May your soul rest in peace and your memories forever remain in our hearts. Love and miss you dearly my big brother! Vonnie

Winifred Bonacci-Paine

Posted at 03:50pm
I will miss you dearly my friend and the walks around the circle looking at the river. Wishing you a Peaceful Journey to the other side where we will meet again some day. God Bless you Rick

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