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John William Dressel


John William Dressel

John William Dressel was born in Goldendale, Washington April 8, 1938, to parents Jack and Pauline (Hiatt) Dressel. He was named after his grandfather. John graduated from Goldendale High School in 1956. After his employment with Boeing Airplane Co., he entered the Army, serving two years in West Germany. Upon discharge, John worked for S.P.S. Railroad, setting up telegraph lines along the Columbia Gorge relocation area. A short time later, John worked as a merchant seaman onboard a grain ship to Madras, India. In 1967, he returned to Boeing, working in the Seattle and Everett plants. Following a huge layoff in 1970, John returned to Goldendale, where he worked for Harvey Aluminum (later Commonwealth, then Goldendale), where he stayed for 16 years. After his employment at the aluminum plant ended, he got involved in real estate; prior to moving to Spokane in 1998. In 1993, with brother Vince and sister-in-law Jane, he visited Baden- Baden Germany, the spa city, where his great-grandfather was from.

John had various interests, including yard sales, computer genealogy, history, reading, and cats.

His parents and a sister, Vicki Jeter, preceded him in death.

Survivors include a brother, Craig, of Goldendale; nephew Alexander Dressel (Lynette) of Spokane, Vincent Patrick Dressel (Shawn) of Denver, Colo., niece Lisa Dressel Ferraro (Vince) of Tiverton, R.I., niece Jennifer Dressel Greyard (Pat) of San Antonio, Texas, grand-nephews Jonathon and Hayden Dressel of Spokane.


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