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Carlton “Carl” J. Cress, age 71 of Emerald, WI, died unexpectedly on Thursday, December 28, 2017 surrounded by his family, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN. 

Carlton “Carl” Joseph Cress was born on October 12, 1946, in Amery, WI, the son of James & Wilma (Humpal) Cress. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Catholic Church in Clear Lake, WI and graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1964. After graduation, he attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis, MN and went on to work at Minneapolis Sheet Metal Works for 30 years, retiring in 1997. Carl was married to Dawn Tellijohn on September 30, 1972 at St. John’s Catholic Church and together they raised 3 children, Melanie, Michael, and Stephanie. During his retirement, Carl worked as a handyman until the time of his death. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time at his cabin near Spooner. Carl was also active in snowmobiling and was president of the Forest Brush Beaters Snowmobile Club for 30+ years. He also loved trap shooting, where he and Dawn were members of the Amery Gun Club. Carl also served on the Forest town board for 24 years and on the Clear Lake Ambulance Board. He was currently a member of the United Methodist Church in Clear Lake. Carl will be missed greatly by his family and many friends. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, James & Wilma Cress; grandson, Levi John Cress; father-in-law, Gordon Tellijohn; sister-in-law, Danette Tellijohn; and sister-in-law, Venie Cress.

Carl is survived by his wife Dawn Cress – Emerald, WI; daughters and son Melanie (Bryan) Kofal – Hammond, WI, Michael (Jodi) Cress – Clear Lake, WI, Stephanie (Arnold) Talatala – Maple Grove, MN; grandchildren Tyler Cress, Addison Kofal, Torii Talatala, Carli Cress, Brynn Kofal, Cameron Talatala; brothers James (Sandy) Cress – Emerald, WI, Jerry Cress – Clear Lake, WI; mother-in-law Charlotte Tellijohn – Amery, WI; aunt Phyllis Humpal – Deer Park, WI; and many nieces, nephews, family & friends.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at St. John the United Covenant Church in Clear Lake, WI.

Visitation was held on Monday, January 1, 2018 from 3 – 6 pm at the United Covenant Church in Clear Lake and one hour before the service on Tuesday at the church.

Pastor John Hazen officiated and music was provided by John & Sarah Bingea and Mark Anderson.

Casket Bearers were Jim Witthoft, Jim White, Brad Paulson, Mark Tellijohn, Jerry Steinberger, Bill Cress.

Interment was at the Cylon Cemetery in Cylon Township, WI.

Scheuermann Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Clear Lake handled the arrangements.