Clarence R. Dressler
Clarence Roy Dressler, Jr. was born April 26, 1921 in Coffey County, Lincoln Township, Kansas to Clarence Roy and Opal Agnes (Fleming) Dressler near the town of Lebo, Kansas.
Clarence was reared with smiles, laughter, jokes, good humor, and pleasantness by his mother and father, as well as influenced by aunts, uncles, cousins, and people of the community, remaining as a great legacy for us all. This pleasantness was an innate trait of Clarence?s personality that showed itself with his genuine caring for others through a flash of his smile, soft demeanor, or quick joke.
Clarence did not experience much anger, as this was not a part of his nature. He was very nurturing and always quick to put others before himself, a part of his true greatness as a man. He sent cards, jokes, and humorous stories, always with an eye toward the well-being of everyone he encountered. A timely card, phone call, or a wave from his hand was an assurance that all was well, even in the most dire circumstances. Even those who spoke harshly, or not at all, were met with the same pleasantness that was truly the hallmark of Clarence Dressler. Friendships and promises made were not forgotten.
In his early youth, Clarence enjoyed fishing and hunting in the local creeks and woods near the family farm, two miles south of Lebo, with his life-long friend Charles Rice. Clarence was educated in a small country school and at the high school in and near Lebo, Kansas, where he made life-long friends, graduating in 1939. Upon graduation he was hired by the McAllister-Fitzgerald lumber company to learn the lumber trade.
In June 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served as an aviation radioman second-class petty officer. He served eighteen months oversees in Europe and in the Pacific, twelve of those months in active combat. He was discharged January 3, 1946, returning to the lumber company as a yardman, salesman, manager, general bookkeeper, job estimator, and auditor. Ironically, computers, a skill in which Clarence was becoming quite proficient, are now handling many of these positions. He served as vacation relief for the yard manager and at this time met Mary Ellen Fisher of Bennett, Colorado. They married February 27, 1950. Although not being blessed with children, Mary Ellen and Clarence shared great times with nieces, nephew, and other children and pets.
Mary Ellen and Clarence lived in Scott City and Lebo, Kansas. They returned to Bennett, Colorado and lived there for seven years. While in Bennett, Clarence served his church as treasurer and the local V.F.W. as quartermaster. They then settled in Greeley, Colorado in August of 1959. While in Greeley, Clarence worked for Mawson Lumber Company and Foster Lumber Company prior to being hired by Greeley Gas Company. He enjoyed eighteen years of employment and the relationships he made, retiring in 1986.
They "retired" to their Red Feather Lakes mountain home and became involved in the community, working with the local library and theatre works. They also served as volunteer "Hosts" at the ranger station. They became members of The Chapel in the Pines (ID) Church. Due to health concerns, they returned to Greeley.
In this second "retirement," Clarence and Mary Ellen became even more involved in the Greeley Masonic Family. Clarence was involved in the following fraternal organizations:
In addition, he was a volunteer to the Weld County Library District and Meals on Wheels.
- 50-year member and Secretary Emeritus of Century Lodge No. 190, A.F. & A.M.
- The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry A.A.S.R.
- The Scottish Rite Research Society
- The Research Lodge of Colorado, A.F. & A.M.
- Royal Arch Masons, Chapter #83
- Council of Cryptic Masons and Commandery #50 of Garden City, Kansas
- A Noble of Korein Shrine, Rawlins, Wyoming A.A.O.N.M.S.
- Member of the Legion of Honor;
- Greeley Shrine Club
- Past Patron of the Order of Eastern Star, Chapter #3 in Greeley
- Grand Representative to South Carolina, Order of Eastern Star
- Past Watchman of Shepherds, W.O.S.J. #18 Greeley
- Member of the International Order of OddFellows, Poudre Valley Chapter #12
- Rebecca Oasis #13
- The American Legion of Greeley.
Bro. Clarence, having been called home on September 17, 20004, as a "good and faithful servant," will be sorely missed by all who knew him.