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Vernon W. Dressel, 91, Hutchinson

Vernon Dressel
Vernon Walter Dressel, 91, of Hutchinson, died Monday, April 11, 2016, at Woodstone Senior Living in Hutchinson.
 
Funeral services were held Friday, April 15, at Vineyard United Methodist Church in Hutchinson with the Rev. Deb Walkes officiating. Kay Hayden was the organist. Soloist Bonnie Baumetz sang “On Eagle’s Wings.” Congregational hymns were “The Garden” and “Amazing Grace.” Rick Reiner offered the eulogy, and Roger Klinghagen was the reader.
 
Casket bearers were Mike Dressel, Dan Dressel, Eric Dressel, Nate Dressel, Jake Selstad and Zach Dressel.
 
Interment was in Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson.
 
Vernon Walter Dressel was born Nov. 10, 1924, in Hassan Valley Township, McLeod County, the son of Aaron and Fredella (Peters) Dressel. He was baptized as an infant, and later confirmed in his faith as a youth, both at Vineyard United Methodist Church in Hutchinson. He received his education in country school District 40 in Hassan Valley Township.
 
On March 5, 1949, he was united in marriage to Lugene Peters at the Congregational Church in Brownton. Their marriage was blessed with six children, Thomas, Pat, David, Mark, Jane and Brian. The Dressels resided and farmed in Hassan Valley Township, rural Hutchinson, and shared 63 years of marriage before Mrs. Dressel’s death on Jan. 13, 2013.
 
Mr. Dressel was a lifelong farmer. He retired in 2000, but continued to help local farmers. He was a member of Vineyard United Methodist Church in Hutchinson. He also was a member of the Kiwanis and the Farm Bureau.
 
Mr. Dressel enjoyed dancing, listening to old-time music and fishing. He also enjoyed spending time with friends drinking coffee. He was proud of his International Harvester tractors and Holstein cattle. He was a member of and served as a past president of the McLeod County Historical Society. He also served as an election judge and as a member of the creamery board. He was loved by everyone and was affectionately known as “Soapie.” Besides his wife Lugene, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the most important part of his life.
 
He is survived by his children, Patricia (Delgene) Boll of Hutchinson, David (Annette) Dressel of Hutchinson, Mark (Jane) Dressel of Hutchinson, Jane (Lee) Selstad of St. Louis Park and Brian (Mona) Dressel of Brownton; daughter-in-law, Betty Sturges of Brownton; 15 grandchildren, 18-plus great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Diane (Warren) Breckenridges of Chicago, Illinois, and Edith Peters of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; brother-in-law, Carlton “Buzz” Peters of Florida; many other relatives and friends.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Aaron and Fredella Dressel; wife, Lugene Peters; son, Thomas Dressel; sister, Amy Dressel; brothers-in-law, Jay Peters and Paul Guzie; sisters-in-law, Fran Guzie and Margaret Peters; and  great-granddaughter, Talon Dressel.
 
Arrangements were with the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge. com.