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Dave Rissler

Obituary for Dave Rissler

September 1, 1931 - November 6, 2016
Creston, Iowa | Age 85


David Rissler, 85, of Creston, died Sunday, November 6, 2016, at the Northridge Village in Ames.

Celebration of Life Memorial Services will be 4:00 p.m. Thursday, November 10, 2016 at the Crestmoor Country Club in Creston. Pastor Mary O'Riley will officiate.

Open visitation with family receiving friends will be from 3:00 until the start of the service at 4:00 at Crestmoor Country Club in Creston.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are to the First United Congregational Church in Creston or the Creston Community Schools Instrumental Music Program. Online condolences can be given at

David Donovan Rissler was born on September 1, 1931, in Seymour, Ia., the only son to William E. "Shake" Rissler and Bondene Rissler. Dave graduated from Seymour High School in 1948 and continued his education at Kirksville State Teacher's College (currently known as Truman University). He graduated with his Bachelor's in Music Education in 1951.

On September 16, 1951, Dave was united in marriage to N. Kathryn Doughty in Jamesport, Mo. They were blessed with two daughters, Melodie and Heather. Dave taught music in Milan, Mo. for two years before moving to Creston, where he taught instrumental music for 40 years. He also was a golf coach for 20 years in Creston.

Dave was a member of the First United Congregational Church, Elks for which he once served as exalted ruler and the Crestmoor Golf & Country Club where he served a term on the board of directors. Dave was also the Director of Summer Municipal Band and co-director and director of the Creston Chorus as well as choirs at the Methodist and Congregational Churches in Creston. He was a talented musician who played and sang with many jazz big bands and smaller ensembles. Friends and students remember him for his dry wit, sparkling eyes and charming smile.

Dave is survived by his wife of 65 years, Kathryn; two daughters, Melodie (husband Rick) Chitty of Greene, Ia. and Heather (husband Gary) Botine of Ames; six grandchildren, Phillip (wife Robin) Duple of Colombia, Mo., Meagan Wrecsics of Greene, Ia., Anna (husband Dan) Acheson of Ankeny, Claire (husband Brian) Marsh of Waukee, Spencer Botine of Denver, Colo. and Sadie Botine of West Des Moines; five great-grandchildren; along with many extended relatives and a host of friends.

Dave was preceded in death by his mother and father.


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