Obituaries

Donald Gene Dressler 1936 - 2010 Gravois Mills, Mo.

The family of Donald Gene Dressler, 74, formerly of Lenexa, would like to share memories, stories and celebrate his life during a visitation from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, at D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Johnson County Chapel, Overland Park.
Mr. Dressler died Friday, Oct. 15, 2010.
He was born July 29, 1936, in Iola, Kan., the son of Paul Eugene Dressler and Velva (Paugh) Dressler.

He graduated from Iola High School in 1955 where he played basketball and was Student Council president his senior year. He attended Pittsburg State University on a basketball scholarship. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science of civil engineering degree. In 1986, he earned a Master’s of Engineering degree from the Kansas University.
Mr. Dressler worked for U.S. Steel in Gary, Ind.; Havens Structural Steel in Independence, Mo.; Atlas Chemical in Joplin, Mo.; Imperial Chemical Company, Newark, Del., and Pasadena, Calif. He holds several copyrights and an U.S. patents. The family moved to Leawood, in 1973, and he worked for Cutter, Haver, Lockhart (now Bayvet) in Shawnee.
He started his own business in 1975, Dressler Consulting Engineers Inc. where he was serving as president at the time of his death.
Mr. Dressler was a member of various professional organizations including: American Society of Civil Engineers, American Concrete Institute, Professional Engineers in Private Practice, KC (past president), American Arbitration Association (Honorary), Kansas Cavalry (Ambassadors for Kansas) and the US Green Building Council. He was also a registered professional engineer in Kansas, Mo., and Texas.

He married, Lou Krause on June 1, 1958, in Iola, Kan. She survives.
Other survivers include three children, Darrin Dressler, Kansas City, Mo.; Kristin (Matt) Pierson, Nashville, Tenn.; and David (Holly) Dressler Olathe; four grandchildren; a sister, Donna Good, Winter Park, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Diane Dressler, Topeka, and brother-in-law, Bill (Sharen) Krause, Bonner Springs.
The family suggests memorials to the KSU Foundation, c/o The Don Dressler Memorial Fund, 2323 Anderson Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502 for the Kansas State Engineering School
Online condolences may be left at www.johnsoncountychapel.com.