Lewis Roessler, 94, father of Preston man
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 10:29 AM
Lewis (Louie) Joseph Roessler, 94, of Rochester, died Saturday, March 30, at Golden Living Center East in Rochester, where he had resided for the past month. He was born March 12, 1919, in Rochester, son of Louis William and Anna Josephine (Solum) Roessler.
He attended Rochester Central High School, where he was captain of the gymnastics team, graduating in 1937. He and several classmates continued to meet for lunch for many years following their 50th reunion.
He served in the Minnesota National Guard from 1938 to 1942, when he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps as a pilot cadet. He served in the military until 1945.
On Nov. 14, 1942, he married Dolores Dornack of Rochester, in Santa Ana, Calif. The couple returned to Rochester in 1945, where they have resided for the rest of their 70 years of marriage.
He was a member of Plumber's Union Local #6 and worked as a plumber for 45 years in the Rochester area. He was employed by Sanitary Plumbing, Rochester Plumbing and Heating, and Himec. Many of his jobs were located at the Mayo Clinic.
He was a life-long member of Homestead United Methodist church, serving as usher and involved in many other church activities.
He enjoyed fishing, carpentry and all types of music. He was a favorite uncle to many nieces and nephews, and was dearly loved by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Dolores, and a son, Steven (Janene) of Preston, Minn.; two granddaughters and four great-grand-daughters.
He was preceded in death by seven siblings.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at Homestead United Methodist Church in Rochester at 11 a.m.
Memorials are suggested to Homestead United Methodist Church or to a charity of choice.