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Milton Dressel

Milton Dressel

Milton William Dressel, 86, of Marissa, IL; born on March 7, 1932 in O’Fallon, IL; passed away on October 21, 2018 at Cedarhurst Senior Living Center in Sparta, IL.

Mr. Dressel was a lifelong farmer and loved the land.  He was a United States Army Veteran and Purple Heart recipient serving in the Korean War.  In October of 2013 Milton went on the Honor Flight, it was an experience that touched him deeply.  He was a member of Friedens United Church of Christ.  He was also a member of Marissa Masonic Lodge 881, VFW, St. Clair County Farm Bureau, Honorary Chapter Farmer of the Marissa FFA, Past President of the St. Clair County Extension, Past Board Member of the Illinois Polled Hereford Association.  Mr. Dressel also served as a former trustee of the Lenzburg Township.  Milton was an avid and talented woodworker.

He has gone on to join the love of his life, his wife, Dorothy Jean, nee Juenger, Dressel whom he married on November 13, 1954 in O’Fallon, IL and who passed away on August 19, 2016.  He was also preceded in death by his parents – Oliver and Mary, nee Hesse, Dressel.  One brother – Lester Dressel.

He is survived by his children – David (Brenda “Pete”) Dressel of Marissa, IL; Debra (John) Gunther of Camp Point, IL; Daniel (Vickie) Dressel of O’Fallon, IL.  His grandchildren – Todd (Julie) Cowell; Troy (Cindy) Cowell; Andrew (Aimee) Gunther; Joshua (Brittany) Gunther; Jeremy (Jessica) Dressel; Justin (Trish) Dressel; Danielle (Kyle) Sigman; Blake Reasor; Nicholas (Katie) Reasor.  Fifteen great-grandchildren.  One brother – Harvey Dressel of O’Fallon, IL.  Brother-in-law – Thomas Luetkemeyer of Belleville, IL.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at

Memorials may be made to Friedens United Church of Christ or Family Hospice.

Services: Graveside services will be held at the Marissa Township Cemetery in Marissa, IL on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 11:00am with Rev. Don Wagner officiating.

A gathering to celebrate Milton’s life will be held at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL on Friday, October 26, 2018 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL is in charge of arrangements.


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  1. Marilyn & Fred says:

    Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your father and grandfather.sincerely . Marilyn and Fred

  2. Larry Lawson says:

    Soft and safe be the earthly bed of our brother; bright and glorious be his rising from it. Fragrant be the acacia sprig which shall flourish there. May the earliest buds of spring unfold their beauties over his resting place, and, in the bright morning of the world’s resurrection, may his soul spring into newness of life and expand into immortal beauty in realms beyond the skies. Until then, dear friend and brother, until then – Farewell!

    Deb and family, I am very sorry to learn of your father’s passing. The loss of our parents is always sad. Fortunately we have memories to hold very dear and to teach the younger generations.

  3. Lea says:

    To The Dressel Family:

    We are wish to express our deepest sympathy for the loss of Milton. He was such a man of love, service, excellence, and community. We enjoyed knowing and Dorothy through family , church, and Cedarhurst, and we know they are together again having escaped earthly pain and discomfort. We will miss Milton’s twinkle in his eye and nice smile. Blessings to you all.


    Lea and John Barrett

  4. Wayne Battoe says:

    Sorry for the loss of Milton He was a great guy.MY sympathy to the whole family.

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