W. Wayne Cressler, 86, Jennings, Kansas passed away February 7th at the Good Samaritan Home in Oberlin. Wayne was born August 14, 1932, second son of Walter E. and Ruby L. (Mowry) Cressler, in rural Sheridan County. He attended rural grade schools in Sheridan County then enrolled in Hoxie High School.
At a very young age he started farm working for neighbors and other family members.
In 1947 the family moved to Decatur County farm. Here he met the love of his life, Louise. On June 4th, 1950 Wayne and Louise were married in Hoxie and started their joyful married life living in Jennings. At that time Wayne worked for Rock Island Railroad.
Throughout the years, they moved several times, to a farm outside Cawker City and Foster Farms by Rexford, going back to work on Rock Island Railroad and later moving back to Decatur County. Wayne worked for over 20 years for Decatur County Road and Bridge Dept., Oberlin, retiring in September 1994 but still working for them in the summers. He worked for Jennings Cemetery and the City of Jennings after retiring from the County. Wayne also served on the Jennings City Council for eight years. He was a member of the Jennings Cemetery Board at the time of his death.
While living at Rexford in the 1950s, Wayne was baptized and joined the Rexford Methodist Church. Later transferring membership to Jennings.
Wayne and Louise were blessed with 7 children. He is survived by his wife; six children: Sharon (Mike) Gaston, Ames, IA, Theresa (Charles) Spresser, Calhoun, Tenn., Patsy (Don) Harold, Grand Junction, Colo., Gwen (Jeff) Anderson, Goodland, Eugenia (Don) Tetreault, Hollister, Calif., Russell(Mary) Cressler, rural Jennings; 18 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; one brother Alfred (Betty) Cressler, Jennings; two sisters: Pat Hansen(Lyle) Hansen, Bartley, NE.; Debra (Keith) Bowie, rural Jennings.
Preceded in death by his parents; one son, Robert Cressler; granddaughter, Christina Faris; brother, Leslie Cressler and sister, Charlene Maske.
Funeral services will be held 1:30 pm Wednesday, February 13th at Pauls Funeral Home in Oberlin. Burial will follow at Jennings Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be given to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital in care of Pauls Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at www.paulsfh.com