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Denny D. Dresch Jr.


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Denny D. Dresch Jr.

Indianapolis - Denny D. Dresch Jr, 65, beloved husband, father, brother and grandfather, died at his Florida vacation residence in Englewood on June 6. He was born January 20, 1953, in Fort Hood, TX to the late Margrete Dittrich and Denny D. Dresch Sr. As an "Army Brat," he grew up all around the world but registered his fondest childhood memories at his grandmother's house in Goshen, IN and while at high school abroad in Taiwan (Taipei American School). As a child, Denny developed deep-rooted loves for books, exercise, animals and the outdoors. Reading while walking, he always took the time to stop and pet a dog or enjoy the view of his rose bushes. The Eagle Scout in him inspired a sense of lifelong selfless service that led him to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY in 1975 and commissioning as an Army Infantry Officer. The Army took him around the world but his most memorable assignment was at Fort Monroe, VA - a small outcrop at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. An avid runner, Denny loved to spend his lunchtime running the 5 mile Fort Monroe perimeter while watching the boats and ships sail into the Chesapeake horizon. After retiring from the Army from Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN, Denny began his second career with the Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD). Serving most of his 22 years with the IFD's Station 27 on the city's East Side, Denny thrived in the high demand fire service environment where he found lifelong friends in his fire service family. Denny spent his off-time at his local YMCA (often twice daily), doing yardwork at his Indianapolis home or watching Notre Dame / Army Football.

He met the love of his life, Angela "Angie" (Macy) Dresch, at a dance in 1999 and began dating soon after. Often found arm-in-arm at a dance or taking an evening stroll with one of their dogs, they married in March 2002 and resided in Indianapolis. After IFD retirement in 2016, Denny and Angie spent their time at bookstores, experiencing local restaurants, traveling to far away locations for vacation or visiting family and, most of all, enjoying one another's company.

Denny is preceded in death by his father, Denny Sr., his mother, Margrete Dittrich, and step-mother, Joanne (Bourque) Dresch. He is survived by his wife, Angie M. Dresch of Indianapolis, his children Paula S. Adams of Fredericksburg, VA; Denny D. (Rebecca) Dresch III of Hampton, VA; Christine (Kevin) Perotti of Fort Collins, CO; George (Jeni) Wissel of New Castle, IN; Andrew Wissel of Indianapolis; Tony Wissel of Jacksonville, FL; and Tim Wissel of Greenville, SC and twelve grandchildren, Reece, Roman, Samantha, Michaela, Harper, Logan, Colin, Erin, Kari, Pete (Bailey), Taylor and Kerysten. He is also survived by his sister, Susan (Wayne) Taylor and niece, Stacey Taylor, all of Greenville, SC.

Arrangements are being handled by Oakley-Hammond Funeral Home (www.oakleyhammond.com) 5342 E. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN. A visitation will be held there on Friday, June 15 during 4-7 PM with memorial also at the funeral home on Saturday, June 16 at 11 AM. A family and friends reception will be held at the IFD Headquarters immediately following the memorial.

Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Indianapolis at (www.indyhumane.org).day, June 14, 2018
Published in the The Indianapolis Star on June 14, 2018
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