Obituary for Raymond E. "Junior" Dressel Jr.
WATERVLIET – Raymond E. Dressel, Jr., died Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Samaritan Hospital surrounded by his family. Born in Springfield, VT on November 21, 1928, he was the son of the late Raymond E. and Mary A. Darling Dressel, Sr. Ray moved to Watervliet during World War II with his family and attended School 3 and Watervliet High School.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War serving from 1951-53 as a torpedo man 2nd Class aboard the U.S.S. Yellowstone.
Ray was employed briefly by Montgomery Ward and Allegheny Ludlum Steel. He later was employed by International Harvester in Menands and H.L. Gage in Albany as a parts manager for over 25 years before retiring. He also was the owner of R.E. Dressel & Son Polaris Snowmobile Shop on 8th Avenue in Watervliet.
“Junior” was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting, hiking, fishing, skiing and camping in New Hampshire and in Newcomb in the Adirondacks. He was a member of the Kemshall Mountain Club and the Newcomb Sportsman Club.
Ray Jr. was a loving husband, dad and friend to all, always willing and ready to help a friend in need.
He is beloved husband of 64 years to Mary E. Charpentier Dressel; devoted father of Paul R. Dressel of Watervliet, David C. (Darlene) Dressel of Eagle River, Alaska and Steven M. Dressel of Albany; brother of Frances (John) Beebe of New Hampshire, Robert (Barbara) Dressel of Colonie and the late Patricia Caulford of Colonie; proud grandfather of Amanda, Linda, Susie, Cherie, Kenneth, David, Adrienne, Tiffany, Stacey and several great grandchildren. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be Thursday at 9:15 am from the Parker Bros. Memorial, 2013 Broadway, Watervliet and at 10 am at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Watervliet. Interment in Memory Gardens, Colonie. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4-7 pm.
Contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or stjude.org. Condolence book at ParkerBrosMemorial.com.
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