James W. Drescher

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James W. Drescher, 83, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, at Golden Living Center in St. Charles.

Jim was born Dec. 11, 1930, on a dairy farm in Lynn Township, east of Neillsville, Wis. He attended grade school in Riplinger, Wis., and attended two years of high school in Unity, Wis. Jim graduated from Shawano High School in 1948. After high school, he worked on his father's farm and later worked for Edison Wood Products in New London, Wis. Following two years of active duty in the United States Marine Corps, he attended North Central College in Naperville, Ill. He graduated in 1957 with a bachelor of science degree, majoring in engineering and physics. 

Jim married Fay E. Meyer from Elk Mound, Wis., on June 30, 1956. After college, Jim worked for IBM for 34 years before retiring in 1991. He was a certified lay speaker in the United Methodist Church from 1992 to 2009. Jim served on the board of trustees for six years and was the chairman for four years. He chaired the administrative board for 12 1/2 years, and also served on the finance committee, was a lay member to the MN Annual Conference, and was a church school teacher for several years. 

Jim is survived by his wife of 58 years, Fay of Rochester; a daughter, Elaine Drescher of Rochester; a son, Carl Drescher of Farmington; two brothers, Samuel (Dorothy) Drescher of Sheboygan, Wis., and Wallace (Lois) Drescher of Greenville, Wis.; and a sister, Dorothy Houle of Waukesha, Wis.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Ezra and Emma (Schultz) Drescher; a brother, Daniel Drescher; a brother-in-law, Tim Houle; and a sister-in-law, Violet (Franske) Drescher.    

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at Evangel United Methodist Church, 2645 N. Broadway Ave., in Rochester, with the Rev. Jeff Utecht officiating. Visitation will be an hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will take place at Southeast Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston at a later date.

Memorials can be directed to Gideons International, Evangel United Methodist Church or a .

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW,  Rochester, MN 55901, 507-289-3600, ranfranzandvinefh.com.


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Published in The Post-Bulletin on Sept. 3, 2014
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