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John Clark Dresser

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John Clark Dresser

Naples, FL

John Clark Dresser died Saturday, November 3, 2018 in Naples, Florida of acute leukemia. John was born on January 20, 1938 in Toledo, Ohio where he joined his mother and father, Alberta and Donald, and three sisters Avaloo, Donna and Marcia.

John excelled in sports at Old Orchard Grade School and DeVilbiss High School in Toledo. He played many sports in high school favoring football, where he set many records and played on championship teams. The Dresser family spent summers at Clear Lake in Indiana where John met the love of his life, Nancy Dildine of Fort Wayne, Indiana and they married in November 1957.

John went to The Ohio State University and played football for Woody Hayes who he found most admirable. College was followed by a job working for The Toledo Trust Co. as a correspondent banker.

While working for the bank, he determined that he wanted to own his own business and became a McDonald's franchisee in 1973. John enjoyed success with his own group of stores near Indianapolis and in the McDonald's national organization as well.

When John started in McDonald's, he and Nancy visited Naples and soon became residents. John and Nancy always spent their summers at Clear Lake enjoying family, friends, sports and most of all, the lake. Being in both places allowed John to remain close to his many life-long friends from Toledo, Clear Lake and Naples.

John loved to participate in life's pleasures and to that end he was an accomplished photographer his entire life, beginning in black and white in his own college bathroom converted into a darkroom, through color slides and boldly into the digital realm with the zeal of a teenager. An accomplished pianist and vocalist, John loved entertaining family and friends on the organ and piano. In addition to his high school and college sporting life he was a state champion water skier, avid fisherman and was known as "Top Gun" for his hunting exploits. He became a pilot and flew several of his own planes around the country as well as captaining one boat after another on many freshwater lakes in the USA and Canada. Then in Naples he roamed the seas in a number of ever more sophisticated boats in search of saltwater fish. He also was an expert snow skier exploring the steep and deep slopes of Snowmass. Maybe the most rewarding avocation he took up was gourmet chef. With natural flair, a refined palette and an encyclopedic oneophilic experience, together with a quick education in kitchen basics, John began serving up memorable and exquisite dishes to amaze friends and family who soon begged for their favorites.

John is survived by his wife Nancy, sons John, Jr. (Carol) of Snowmass, Colorado and Donald (Brook) of Nokomis, Florida and grandchildren Alexandra, John III, and Samuel of Snowmass, Daniel of Indianapolis and Nicholas of Charleston, South Carolina.

A service is scheduled for Saturday, November 10th at 11:00 a.m. at Bower Chapel in Moorings Park. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Ronald McDonald House of Central Indiana at For online condolences, please visit
Published in Naples Daily News on Nov. 8, 2018
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