Photo of Derwin Dressler

Derwin John Dressler, HS ’76, ’80, age 59, passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. He was born in Portland on December 9, 1957, to Robert Dressler and Jorene (Hulse) Dressler. After graduating from Concordia University in Portland, he was first called to First Lutheran in Culver City, California, where he began his teaching career from 1980-1984. He and his wife, Ardyce, were then both called to Amazing Grace in Renton, Washington, from 1984-1990. His final call was to Concordia Lutheran in Tacoma, Washington, where he served alongside his wife from 1990-2016 as a beloved teacher and patient coach. During his time there, he was voted teacher of the year for the entire state of Washington. Everyone who attended Derwin’s celebration service got a powerful sense of his impact on so many lives. Friends, colleagues, and relatives spoke of his kindness and concern for others, his humility, his big smile and even bigger personality, his faith, and his positivity throughout life – even during his illness with the brain tumor. From teaching in inner city L.A. and helping hungry students get enough to eat, to heading up mission trips and taking countless friends and students fishing and camping, Derwin went above and beyond for many people, in many ways. Derwin is survived by his wife, Ardyce (Petersen) Dressler, ‘81; daughter, Laura (Dressler) Sorgenfrei (Tony); daughter Julia Dressler (current student); son, Tim Dressler, ‘10 (Rebecca); son Joel Dressler (Courtney); and three beautiful grandchildren Theo, Jaxon, and Harper.