Ken Dressler

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Ken Stephen Dressler, 87, of Fairview Heights, IL, born December 29, 1930, in St. Louis, MO, died Sunday, January 28, 2018, at Memorial Hospital East, Shiloh, IL.

Mr. Dressler worked in civil service for the Department of Defense for 34 years before his retirement.  He proudly served in the United States Air Force for 4 years during the Korean war.  Ken was a member of St. Henry’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL for 55 years, a past officer of St. Henry’s Mens’ Club and past president of St. Henry’s Transportation Association. He was a past officer of the Althoff Fathers’ Club and a past member of the Althoff bingo committee, where he volunteered for 40 years.  Ken was a lifetime member of Butz Jobe Catholic War Veterans, a lifetime member of Knights of Columbus Council 1028, and a member of AARP, NARFE and Catholic Fraternal Life.  Mr. Dressler spent time volunteering for both Senior Citizens, and Meals on Wheels.  In his spare time, Ken enjoyed building models of aircraft, helicopters and ships.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Jean, nee Rinck, Dressler, whom he married on June 20, 1953, and who died on May 5, 1993; his parents, Stephen and Edna, nee Waigand, Dressler; a granddaughter, Allison Renner; two brothers, Earl “Hap” Dressler, and Marvin Dressler; and a sister, Ethel Gross.

Surviving are his wife of 22 years, Shirleen, nee Hubert, Spehn-Dressler, whom he married on May 20, 1995;
four daughters, Elaine (Jim) Renner,
Diane (Bob) Mueller,
Donna (Mike) Brown,
and Cheryl (Greg) Poelker;
two step-daughters, Pam Spehn and Janet Spehn;
ten grandchildren, Aaron Renner, Kevin Renner, Jason (Christina) Mueller, Nicole (David) Rashid, Tim (Caitlin) Mueller, Kelsey Bullard, Brooke Bullard, Dan Poelker, Caitlin (Clay) Weier and Abby Poelker;
a brother-in-law, Eugene (Shirley) Rinck;
two sisters-in-law, Bernice Dressler and Pat Dressler;
and nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express a special thank-you to the staff at Memorial Hospital East and to Rev. Kenneth York for their loving care and support.

Memorials may be made to Althoff Catholic High School, St. Henry’s Catholic Church, or to the Belleville Area Humane Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Kenneth York officiating.

Burial with military honors will follow at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


5 Comments on Ken Dressler

Rob said : Guest Report Nov 21, 2022 at 12:43 PM

Ken was a kind soul. I am sorry to hear he's no longer with us. God bless his family!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Nancy Dressler Waters said : Guest Report Feb 05, 2018 at 3:39 PM

Dearest Family, my sincere condolences on the loss of my Uncle Ken. I enjoyed reading his emails to my brother, Mick. I will miss his wit and wisdom. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love to you all, Nancy Dressler Waters

  • Overland Park
  • KS
Michael G. Dressler said : Guest Report Jan 31, 2018 at 2:09 AM

Lisa and I are devastated. We were always talking about coming back to visit. We had such a great time visiting Dressler cemetery sites with Uncle Ken. He was such a pleasure. So glad to have known him. Receive him Lord, a sheep of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Rest in Peace, much love, Mick and Lisa

  • Bay City
  • OR
Mike Scmidt said : Guest Report Jan 30, 2018 at 11:07 PM

Elaine and Jim So sorry for your loss. Mike And Suzanne Schmidt

  • Columbia
  • Illinois
Gene Wiggins NARFE Chap 1019 said : Guest Report Jan 29, 2018 at 8:59 PM

Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM 888-767-6738) for you. They can also assist in filling out claim forms for survivor benefits and life insurance You may call either of our Service Officers, Jim Haley at 618 795-5174 or Ben Brown at 618 624-8007. If unable to reach either one, you may call our alternate, Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL

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