William Mackensen “Bill” Dressler, Sr., 99, of 604 Dolly Ann Drive, died Wednesday, February 4, 2015. He was born June 13, 1915 in Alleghany County, the son of the late Rufus O. Dressler and Minnie Stoup Dressler Landis.
Mr. Dressler owned and operated Dressler Motors, Inc., an automobile dealership in Covington for over 50 years. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and later attended Edgemont Presbyterian Church. Bill belonged to numerous organizations: the Covington Lions Club where he served as President and Delegate to the 1960 International Convention in Chicago; Covington Lodge #610; Loyal Order of Moose; Clifton Forge Elks Lodge; Curtis A. Smith Post #1033, Veterans of Foreign Wars, where he was a Life Member and past Commander; American Legion Post #4; the 1st Armored Division Association; the Anzio Beachhead Veterans Association; Virginia Automobile Dealers Association; and the National Automobile Dealers Association. He was also a Founding Director and longtime Treasurer of the South Atlantic Dodge Dealers Advertising Association. Bill was active in the Covington and Clifton Forge Industrial Development Association, the Covington Retail Merchants Association and the Salvation Army Advisory Board.
He was a WWII veteran serving with the 1st Armored Division in North Africa and Italy. He was severely wounded during the amphibious invasion of Anzio in 1944. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sallie Thurston Dressler, in 2000, five sisters, Nettie Campbell, Blanche Burley, Ida Harris, Charlotte Keyser, and Francis Sprouse, and two brothers, Carl Warren Dressler and Paul Dressler.
Surviving are daughters Linda Dressler Walls and her husband, Chuck, of Chesterfield; Sandra Dressler Carter and her husband, Currie, of Richmond; and son William M. “Bill” Dressler, Jr., and his wife, Patricia, of Covington; three grandchildren – Walter Russell Curfman, III, of Hamilton, VA; William M. “Trey” Dressler, III, and wife, Susan, of Birmingham, AL; and Ethan McDowell Dressler of Roanoke; and two great grandchildren – Anna Loren and Emme Douglas of Birmingham, AL. He is also survived by his brother, Clyde H. Landis, Sr. and his wife, Sadie, of Covington; his sister, Evelyn “Tillie” Agnor of Zion Crossroads, VA; a number of nieces and nephews, special friend and neighbor Ruth M. Watts and friend Jeffrey Lynn Ellison.
The funeral service will be held Saturday at 2:00 PM at the Edgemont ARP Church with the Rev. Donnie Bowker officiating.
The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in the chapel of Arritt Funeral Home and at other times at the residence, 604 East Dolly Ann Drive.
The family suggests that donations in Mr. Dressler’s name may be made to the Covington Salvation Army or to the Wounded Warriors Project.