Former Packers board member James Kress dies at 89

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GREEN BAY -- A former member of the franchise's Board of Directors, James Kress, died this past Sunday at the age of 89.

Kress was elected to the Green Bay Packers' board in 1985 and became emeritus in 2000. Born in Green Bay, Kress assumed leadership in 1958 of Green Bay Packaging, the company founded by his father, George Kress, and led the organization for more than 50 years. He was inducted into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame in 2005.

The Kress Events Center is a modern, $33 million multi-purpose facility on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus. The family helped fund it as well as the Kress Library in De Pere.

“Jim was a great friend of the Packers and a valuable member of our board for many years,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “As a Green Bay native, Jim had a deep commitment to the community and supported numerous causes over the years through his family’s generous philanthropic efforts. Our condolences go out to the entire Kress family."

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