Loel Leamon Resler(1941 - 2013)

Loel Leamon Resler passed into the arms of our Lord Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, from complications following a brain surgery. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, W.V.

On Feb. 2, 1941, Loel was born to parents Dean Standish Resler and Ellen Mae (Carnahan) Resler in Sterling.

Loel graduated from Sterling High School in 1959. He was the third generation of his family to drive for his family's trucking business. He alternated driving a big rig truck and attending college, eventually earning his doctorate in theology. He became the pastor of a Seventh Day Adventist Church in Denver, then continued on earning a Ph.D. in pastoral counseling and had his own counseling practice in Phoenix, Ariz.

His greatest entrepreneurial accomplishment was as the founder of Westbrook University. He also helped to found and oversaw operations for the World Congregational Fellowship Church, a small missionary church, and the National Chaplains Corps. While living in New Mexico, Loel also served as the alternate municipal judge for the City of Aztec and served on the Governor's Advisory Committee for Private Schools of Higher Education.

Loel is survived by his wife, Nita Marie Resler; sons, Michael Dean Resler, Timothy Resler and Scott Resler; his sister, Lois (Resler) Smith and husband Charles Smith; step-children, DeeAnn Greene-Marszalek and husband Bob Marszalek, Patrick Greene and wife Maggie; grandchildren, Dustin Bertran Resler and wife Trinity, Megan Jean (Resler) Anaconda and husband Mike Anaconda, Darla Marie Resler, William Michael and his sister Megan Elizabeth Greene; and his first great-grandson, Brian Dean Resler.

In lieu of flowers, Loel's family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, International Headquarters, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

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Funeral Home

Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home
3219 Main St Weirton, WV 26062

Published in Journal Advocate on Aug. 27, 2013