John Irvin “Tep” Tressler III, 75, of Leland, NC passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice following a courageous battle against cancer. Born December 14, 1941 in Meyersdale, PA, he was proceeded in death by his parents, John I. Tressler, Jr. and Ruth (Weaver) Tressler. He is survived by his wife Gloria, of Leland, NC; children Mark Tressler and wife Donna, Laurie Walstead and husband Mark; grandchildren Andrew and wife Lauren, Mark Jr. and wife Nicole, Marissa, Isaac, and Ryan; special sister-in-law and brother-in-law Connie and Greg Stiger, nephew Chris Williams and wife Shannon, special cousins Almeda Miller and husband Ron, Joanne “Tootie” Hill, and special friend Roger Sarver and wife Deb, and many many friends and relatives.
After graduating from Meyersdale Area High School, John was employed at Cultured Marble, Inc. in Beltsville, MD as a Master Craftsman-Fabricator for over 30 years. He was a member of Pine Valley United Methodist Church and served as a cook in the church kitchen. Mr. Tressler was also known as the “Candy Man”; he made hand-dipped chocolates and specialty candies to raise funds for benefit of the hospice community. Friends and family will be received at M Ray Leckemby Funeral Home, 203 North Street, Meyersdale PA, 15552 on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm. Services will be conducted at the Amity United Church of Christ at 11:00am on Thursday, September 7, 2017 with Pastor Connie Garlick officiating. Interment will be held at the Meyersdale AreaUnion Cemetery. A special Celebration of Life will be held at Pine Valley United Methodist Church, Wilmington, NC, at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice at 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 or Pine Valley United Methodist Church, Common Thread Ministry, 3788 Shipyard Blvd, Wilmington, NC 28403.