Russell N. Cressman, 86, formerly of Center Valley, was called home on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Ruth J. (Bieber) Cressman for 61 years. He was born in Easton on March 1, 1931 to the late Russell N. and Elizabeth (Felker) Cressman. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War, when he was stationed in a Signal Corps in Alaska. Russ graduated in 1958 from Lehigh University with honors in electrical engineering, and spent 31 years working for Bethlehem Steel Corp. at Homer Research Labs. He developed four U.S. patents before retiring in 1991. Russ belonged to and was a former elder of Faith United Church of Christ, Center Valley. In his retirement years, Russ bicycled over 100,000 miles, participating in several MS 150 rides. He volunteered with the Grace Presbyterian Bike Ministry. He loved wildlife photography, woodworking, travel and spending time with family and friends. Russ was a member of IEEE, Lehigh Wheelmen, Audubon Society and two honorary engineering fraternities: Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu.
In addition to his loving wife; children: Joanne H. (Kevin F.) Conley of Bethlehem, Drew R. (Sally A.) of Brentwood, Tenn., Janet E. (Mark O.) Miller of York; brother: Henry E. (Angela) of Palm Coast, Fla.; 10 grandchildren. He was predeceased by sister: Mary Elizabeth (Jeri) Coaker.
Family and friends are invited to call from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at Faith UCC, 5992 PA 378, Center Valley. The calling hour will be followed by the service at 11 a.m. The interment will be private at Jerusalem Cemetery of Western Salisbury, Allentown. Online expressions of sympathy can be recorded at www.heintzelmancares.com. Arrangements are by the Heintzelman Funeral Home Inc., Hellertown.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith UCC, 5992 PA-378, Center Valley, PA 18034.