Herbert's Story

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Dad passed away Friday, June 23, 2017, at Penn Manor Nursing Home, Selinsgrove, where he had been a resident since March 2016.

He was born on the family farm in Quaker Run, Juniata County on Feb. 11, 1927. He was married to the former Faye Irene Stroup who preceded him in death on June 13, 2011. He was also preceded in death by one son, Stanley.

Dad's education started in the one room schoolhouse in Quaker Run. During his early life, he worked on neighboring farms and as a fireman on steam locomotives for the Pennsylvania Railroad. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the Army and served during World War II in the South Pacific Theater rising to the rank of Lieutenant. He served in the 994th Air Material Squadron and the 559th Air Service Group. After returning home from the war he began his career of 45 years in heavy construction, working as a superintendent and project manager for Hempt Brothers Construction building bridges and highways.

He is survived by two sons, Terry Dressler, of Philadelphia and Darwin "Herb" Dressler and wife Linda, of Selinsgrove; two grandchildren, Amy and husband Mike James, of New Cumberland and Bradley and wife Sarah Dressler, of Northumberland; one beautiful great-granddaughter, Lydia, daughter of Brad and Sarah; and two brothers and two sisters.

Dad was well known for loving his cigars. He was an avid collector and history buff. He also loved to spend time with his grandchildren and great-granddaughter.

According to the old man's wishes, he will be cremated and there will be no services. His exact words were "The S.O.B.s didn't come to see me when I was alive, they don't need to come see me when I'm dead."

With that being said, we would like to thank those of you who did come to visit and help out. Very special thanks goes out to the entire staff at Penn Manor nursing home, SUN Home Health Hospice, and all the very special doctors and nurses at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, especially team Drabick for taking such wonderful care of him.

If you wish, memorial contributions in Herbert's name can be made to Penn State Hershey Medical Center Cancer Institute.

One more thing. If your parents are still living, stop what you are doing right now and hug them and tell them you love them. Life is short.
Arrangements are by the Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Home, 395 State St., Sunbury.
Published on June 24, 2017
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