Obituary for George Henry Dresen

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George Henry Dresen Jr., 88, passed away Thursday, January 10, 2019, at Morrow Memorial Home in Sparta. Wisconsin. He was born on September 30, 1930, in La Crosse, Wisconsin, to George and Dorothy (Selonke) Dresen.
George was a 1948 graduate of Aquinas High school in La Crosse. After graduation he enrolled at DeVry Technical School (electronics, 3rd class) in Chicago, ILL, graduated in 53. George then enrolled at Brown Institute for Broadcasting in Minneapolis, MN, graduating in 1956, where he received his 1st class FCC license to operate radio and tv station transmitters. George’s radio and television career took him to Algona and Fort Dodge, Iowa and La Crosse, Wisconsin.
While in Algona, Iowa, he met Alice Marie Fandel. They were married in 1958. Although they divorced in 1986, they remained close friends until his death. In 1965 George and Alice moved the family from Iowa and settled in La Crosse where George worked for Paper Calmenson (Pacal) for 25 years where he was proud to be the union representative for many years. He retired in 1993.
He spent the next 6 years working part time jobs in the La Crosse area.
Then, in 1999, at almost 70 years old, George took a courageous step. He loaded his sedan and drove to Golden, Colorado where he lived for 2 years. In Golden, he enjoyed biking, art and music classes, hiking the mountains, and extended time with his brother David and David’s wife Chloanne. It was while in Golden that George took one more part time job as a tour guide at Invesco Field, home of the Denver Broncos and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. He loved this work and especially loved when Wisconsin and Green Bay Packer fans came in for a tour.
Lonesome for home, family, and the bluffs of La Crosse, George moved back in 2002 and remained in the La Crosse area until his death.
He spent his time enjoying the La Crosse area and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He loved to fish, ride his bike on the river marsh trails, paint pictures, watch as much Wisconsin Badgers sports as possible, and cheer for the Milwaukee Brewers and the Green Bay Packers. He was a lifelong fan of all Wisconsin sports. He loved classical music, and enjoyed family gatherings to watch the Maple Leaf Parade during Oktoberfest.
As a kid, he had the privilege of climbing Grandad and Blackhawk bluffs, cliffside, long before the local police dept banned such glorious hiking.
George loved his family, had a witty comeback for everyone, and liked to make you smile. He will be missed.
George is survived by his children and grandchildren Douglas ( Judi ) Dresen and Douglas’s children Elizabeth and Samantha (Malcolm) Smith, Steven ( Stacy) Dresen and Their children Michael (Bridgette), Kyle (Chelsea) , Jenna (Travis) Eide, Alex and Tyler Daniel, Curtis (Natalie) Dresen and their children Maria, Elana, and Nathan, Christopher (Cathy) Dresen and their children Emily, Erin (John) Wiemerslage, James, and Katilin, Nancy (Jen) Senlio and Nancy’s children Tim and Ben Stidham, Carol (Pat) Geszvain and their children Miranda (Brian) Milligan, Gabriella, Allison, and Luke. Great grandchildren Liam, Caden, Rowan, Baby Milligan, and Baby Smith. He is also survived by his brother David (Chloanne) Dresen, sister Karen (Vic) Rieber, and cousin Charlotte Masewicz
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Kenneth Dresen, and grandaughter Alyssa Dresen
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 1425 Jackson Street, La Crosse. Burial will be in Catholic Cemetery, La Crosse. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.
The family would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the staff of Morrow home in Sparta.
Memorials can be sent to Morrow Home in Sparta, Wisconsin