John Connor Drissel, 75, from Midland, Texas, died February 23, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Drissel; children, Catherine Bertram (Chris) and Charlie Drissel (Heather); grandchildren, Paul Bertram and Anne Bertram; his sisters, Dorothy Beauregard (Ray), Anne Drissel, and Marie Drissel (Curtis); and brothers, Bill (Nita) Drissel and Roger Drissel. John was born in Washington, DC to Winfield L. Drissel and Ruth Connor and attended the University of Maryland graduating with degrees in Civil and Agricultural Engineering and with a Masters of Science in Agricultural Engineering. John was a licensed Professional Engineer and practiced in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. John was an engineer by profession and could design, troubleshoot and build just about anything from large industrial water treatment plants to an iguana cage, cat perch or greenhouse. However, John was also an artist at heart, talented at jewelry making, painting, sculpting and pottery. He was a true modern day renaissance man. At an age when most people are, and remain, set in their ways, he continued to learn, explore and find new interests. John was an avid shooter from a young age and was an active member of the Midland Shooters Association. He was an accomplished shooter, excelling in many shooting disciplines and enjoyed shooting and discussing reloading with his son Charlie and grandson Paul. His friends and fellow shooters at the Midland Shooters Association were an important part of his active life. Although he won many a shooting match in his time, he was humble and would not hesitate to loan equipment or help teach and encourage a new shooter with his 60+ years of experience. John loved dogs and cats, and rescued numerous abandoned and abused dogs and cats with his wife Barbara, providing them with a loving home. He was a fierce defender of humane treatment of animals and an active volunteer of the Lone Star Sanctuary for Animals. He enjoyed many hours in his favorite chair with his cat Reba in his lap. John looked forward to his "brother vacations" where he and his two brothers, Bill and Roger would meet at a location in the U.S. to explore a topic or investigate their roots that trace back to the Drissel Mill, built in the 1700's, in Bucks County Pennsylvania. He always had time to help his family or friends with anything from recalling family folklore to assessing foundation damage at a house. John is remembered as an engineer, bicyclist, shooter, camper, handyman, orchid grower, dog lover, cat lover, husband, father and a friend. John had an answer for most things, and he lived by what he believed in, no matter what. We will never think of John as "old" because he didn't think that way. We will think of John standing beside his wife Barbara, his pets, family and friends. Companions such as John are so rare and unique. He would ask that we not grieve for his loss but celebrate in the fact that we lived, loved and touched each other's lives. Our lives were fuller because he was there. Life is ever changing and the loss of John to this life merely reminds us that life in its many forms is ongoing. John will live on forever in his contributions to this world and in our hearts and our memories. The service will be held on Tuesday March 4, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Solid Rock Fellowship, 4601 Interstate 20 Midland, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John's memory to the Lone Star Sanctuary for Animals 4200 N. Fairgrounds Road Midland, Texas (432) 683-7387. Online condolences may be offered at www.ellisfunerals.com
Services have been entrusted with Ellis Funeral Home.