Richard Gale Dressler

                    February 21, 1927  -  November 24, 2013

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Richard “Dick” Gale Dressler passed away at home in San Diego on November 24, 2013 at 2:11 PM. Dick passed peacefully surrounded by his family and caregivers. The cause of death was brain tumors related to metastatic melanoma. Dick was 86 years of age.

Dick was the first child born to Ralph Emil Dressler and Alberta Gordon Dressler in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania on February 22, 1927. Dick is survived by his wife Patricia Jennings Dressler of San Diego, CA, sister Patricia Jones of Severna Park, MD, son Douglas Jennings Dressler and wife (Jody Rose) of Lake Almanor, CA, grandchildren Bodey, and wife (Kaitlyn), Shayla Cary, son Cary Hill Dressler and wife (Jolie Ann) of Poway, CA, grandchildren Jacob William, Alexandra Jennings and husband (Jeff), daughter Corinne Carins Dressler and wife (Sandra) of Santa Rosa, CA. Dick was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Dressler (Ventura, CA) whose surviving spouse is Mary Dressler.

In 1944 with his parent’s permission, Dick enlisted in the Navy at 17 years of age during World War II. Dick went to Radio Operating training at Pearl Harbor and became a Radioman, Third Class. Richard Dressler served aboard the U.S.S. Hemminger and was honorably discharged in 1946.

While in the Navy, Dick's service allowed him to come to San Pedro, California and find his childhood sweetheart, Patricia Jennings with whom he corresponded often. Dick and Patricia met at age twelve.

Dick and Patricia married February 22, 1947 at the Wilshire Methodist Church in Los Angeles and celebrated their marriage at the Ambassador Hotel Coconut Grove with the orchestra of Guy Lombardo. Dick and Patricia returned to Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania where Dick completed his high school degree and college prep units.

Dick was employed by National Cash Register, Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed, and Addressograph Multigraph. During his time at Addressograph Multigraph as branch manager, Dick, Patricia and their children lived in Studio City, Van Nuys, Las Vegas, Corte Madera, Fresno and Sacramento before settling in San Diego where Dick started his own company Reprosystems.

Dick, Patricia and their children were a very outgoing and active family enjoying golf, water-skiing, snow-skiing, and hiking among other activities. Dick and Patricia also loved to travel visiting countries all over the world.

Dick was a gentle soul, a loving and devoted husband, and wonderful father. Dick seemed most content when he was in the company of family and friends. Dick and Patty’s relationship was filled with good humor as Patty would make up new “nicknames” for her husband including “Dickie”, “Dickie-Bird”, “Tricky-Dick”, and “Beautiful Dick” while hitting a great drive off the tee at Torrey Pines golf course.

The family would like to give a personal and heart felt thanks to caregivers Sheri and Helen for the compassionate, professional and loving care extended to our father during his final weeks and days. These two wonderful angels were able to shepherd our family through a most difficult time enabling our father and our family to experience his most loving and caring departure.




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Born: February 21, 1927

Place of Birth: Beaver Falls, PA

Death: November 24, 2013

Place of Death: San Diego, CA

Occupation: Business Owner/ Printing Company

Hobbies: Golfing


This memorial provided by:
Poway-Bernardo Mortuary
Poway, CA