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Roger L. Dressler, 65, beloved husband and devoted father and grandfather, went to be with Jesus Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, surrounded by his family. He endured an eight year struggle with Alzheimer's Disease.

He was born Jan. 23, 1953, in Danville. Roger was the son of the late George H. and Gladys M. (Dietz) Dressler.

He was the husband of Doris I. (Kauffman) Dressler, who survives. The couple were married for 42 years.

Roger had been a welder and diesel mechanic. His employment included 19 years at Fruehauf Corporation, Middletown, 12 years at Richfoods-Supervalue, Harrisburg, Hempt Brothers, Mayes Trucking, and Tedd-Wood. His last employer was Fed Ex Freight, Harrisburg.

He was a member of Turkey Valley United Methodist Church, Millerstown, but also attended East Salem United Methodist Church and River Church, Mifflintown.

Roger loved playing the guitar, and occasionally the banjo, in the Turkey Valley Praise and Worship Team for many years. He was an avid wood worker, making many pieces of furniture for his family. He also enjoyed leather carving and making belts and wallets. He loved cooking delicious meals for his family and was known for his wonderful "braid" stromboli. Roger spent many hours riding 4-wheeler with his son. He enjoyed tending his vegetable garden and keeping a pristine lawn! His greatest joy, however, was spending time with family, friends, and grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Roger is survived by one daughter, Sally Lopez and husband Fernando of Harrisburg; one son, Jeremy Dressler and wife Christa of Mifflintown; six grandchildren, Syara, Landon, Daniel, and Salma Lopez, and Rylan and Kaylana Dressler; one brother, Randy Dressler and wife Melinda of McAlisterville; one sister, Deborah Goodling and husband Greg of Liverpool; as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Willard and Mary Dressler, and Lawrence and Catherine Dietz.

Roger was a life long resident of Juniata County, until his illness forced him to move to Harrisburg for two years, where he was taken care of by a supportive extended family. Celtic Hospice helped care for Roger for over a year, and the staff members were outstanding. Thank you Dalton, Dee, Melissa, Arlene, Jenna, and Dr. Daniels for your support that allowed us to care for him at home. A very special thank you to Roger's dedicated caregiver, Lena Carter, who kept us laughing in the midst of grief. The family would like to thank everyone for their words of encouragement during Roger's illness and death. You kept our family hopeful in a time of extreme adversity.

Friends and family are invited to the viewing, Tuesday, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the George P. Garman Funeral Homes, Inc., 9366 Rt. 35, Mt. Pleasant Mills.

On Wednesday, the viewing will begin at 10 a.m. at Turkey Valley United Methodist Church, 13606 Route 235, Millerstown, followed by the funeral at 11 a.m., with Pastor Salvatore E. Buonocore officiating.

Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery, Millerstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to World Vision, PO Box 70399, Tacoma WA 98481-0399. This organization gives life-saving help to children living in extreme poverty.
Published on February 23, 2018
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