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JOHN ISSLER

JOHN G. ISSLER John G. Issler, son of John and Louise Issler, passed away at the age of 92 in Vineyard Residential on November 13, 2012. He was born in Canada on February 20, 1920 into a large family in a German community. He is survived by his three children; Ronald Issler, William Issler and Jackelyn (Issler) Henry, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews residing in Canada. He graduated first with an Electrician Certificate, then returned to college graduating with a Bachelors of Theology from Canadian Union College in 1948. He was married for 66 years to his college sweetheart, Evelyn MacDougall. During WWII he served as a Canadian Non-combatant logger for two years. John and Evelyn left Canada in 1948 traveling west in a 1926 Buick coupe into the U.S. eventually settling in Buena Park, California. He felt called by God to be a pastor to the deaf in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Until a position became available as a pastor he served the deaf as a Literature Evangelist starting in Canada as a young man with a bicycle and a sample bag. He was a court interpreter for many years and was even involved with a small group of men meeting in Los Angeles in the 50's who invented many signs to be used as common signs for court interpreters. As a pastor for the deaf congregation at the Lynwood SDA Church and SDA White Memorial Church, Los Angeles, he served the people, in many other ways such as a plumber, carpenter, electrician, personal transportation, etc. He was always busy helping others. He supported many missions throughout the world financially as well as traveling to Mexico, Honduras, Sweden, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah transporting clothing and food as well as helping build churches, schools and housing where needed. He learned many languages including German, French, Latin, Hebrew and Greek. John was a positive, fun loving man who loved his family and enjoyed many hobbies during his 92 years such as; camping, gardening, music (playing the bones), building fish ponds, jogging, water and snow skiing, traveling by car. He was a blessing to so many and will be greatly missed. Most importantly he loved his Lord and looked forward to Jesus Christ's second coming when he will be reunited with his family.
Published in the Daily Press on Nov. 30, 2012
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