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Bruce R. Cressy, 74

Bruce Roger Cressy, 74, of Cokato, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at the Waconia Ridgeview Hospital, after a battle with multiple myeloma.

A memorial service will take place Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 11 a.m. at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato.

Visitation is Monday, Jan. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church, and will continue one hour prior to the service Tuesday.

Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services is handling the arrangements.

Bruce was born Oct. 21, 1940, in Mound, to Orville and Gwendolyn (Hagman) Cressy. He grew up in Mound, and was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Bruce graduated from Mound High School in 1958. After high school, he went to work selling cars at Hansord Pontiac.

Bruce married Jeanne Bollman Aug. 13, 1960, at Stockholm Lutheran Church, rural Cokato.

They lived first in St. Louis Park and Wayzata, before moving to Cokato in 1965, where Bruce began work at Cokato Motor Sales. In 1966, they purchased the car dealership, which they owned until 2003.

Bruce was a member of the Cokato Jaycees, and the Minnesota Auto Dealers Association.

As a member of Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church, he served on the church council.

Bruce enjoyed clowning around with his grandchildren, and always was the one to let them do things no one else ever would. He loved telling stories, spending time at the cabin in Park Rapids, the “garage,” and of course – golf.

Bruce is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jeanne, of Cokato; son, Greg (Lisa) Cressy of Woodbury; daughter, Sally DiMartini of Lake Elmo; grandchildren Elena and Lily Cressy, and Alex, Julia, and Anna DiMartini; a brother, Darryl Cressy of Park Rapids; a sister, Karen Winterfield of Mound; and many other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and son-in-law Todd DiMartini.

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