Deacon Richard  M. Dresser, 95

HYANNIS, Mass. — Deacon Richard M. Dresser, 95, of Hyannis, died November 15. He was born Sept. 2, 1921 in Winchendon. He graduated from Turners Falls High School in 1939 and from Penn State University, Ogontz Campus, in 1962. He started his work life at the Paper Mill, then worked for the Greenfield Tap and Die before entering the Navy on Oct. 23, 1942, where he served on the LST457 in the Pacific during World War II. He received an honorable discharge on Dec. 2, 1945 as a chief boatswain’s mate. He married his sweetheart, Margaret M. (Peggy) Kelleher, on Feb. 23, 1946. 

He is predeceased by Peggy after 65 years of marriage, and their son, Dr. Richard Daniel Dresser; siblings Helen Long, Gertrude Napolitano, Mary Martin, Jane Kimball, Carl Dresser, and Alvin (Bub) Dresser.

He leaves behind his children Margaret Lawler, Gerrie Dresser, Lynn Kern, William Dresser, Nancy Leska, Michael Dresser, Jeanne Dresser, Eileen Sardinha, Kellie Farrenkopf, and Timmy Dresser; 17 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; two brothers Roger Dresser and Donald Dresser; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was ordained a deacon of the Catholic Church on June 20, 1987 and was assigned to St. Francis Xavier Church in Hyannis where he actively served with faith and love until his death.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Francis Xavier Church November 19. Burial was at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

Donations in his name may be made to Special Olympics of Cape Cod, Parkinson Association, or Greater New England Chapter of Multiple Sclerosis Society.


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