Marlin K. Ressler, 93, of Lebanon, passed away on Tuesday, July 11, 2023, at Cedar Haven Healthcare Center. He is survived by his loving wife of over 73 years, Anna Ruth (Miller) Ressler.
Born in Lampeter, PA, on Jan. 6, 1930, he was the son of the late Clarence W. and Mary (Koser) Ressler.
Marlin moved to Elizabethtown, PA, where he was raised from the age of three. Marlin served as a pastor for over 54 years at various Brethren in Christ churches, including Sherman’s Valley, Hollowell, New Guilford, Christian Union in Garrett, Indiana, and Heise Hill in Gormley, Ontario, Canada. Gifted with a rich, deep voice in his earlier years, he was also the announcer for the Gospel Tide Hour radio program until pastoring moved him out of the state. He retired at his home church, Conoy Brethren in Christ in Elizabethtown, PA, and then served as interim pastor for nine different churches in his retirement. He and his wife also served as hosts at Youngways Missionary Guest House in Zimbabwe, Africa.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, is four grandchildren, Cari Daub, wife of Brock, of Lebanon, Ira W. Ressler, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Zachary M. Ressler, of Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada, and Josephine D. Rawlings, of Coe Hill, Ontario, Canada; and three great-grandchildren, Lauren Daub, Kyla Daub, and Jayden.
Marlin was preceded in death by two adopted children, Marlene R. Tussey and Daniel E. Ressler; and four siblings, Faye R. Martin, Melvin Ressler, Verna Mae Climenhaga, and Nelson K. Ressler.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, July 29, 2023, at Fairland Brethren in Christ, 529 W. Penn Ave., Cleona, PA 17042, officiated by Marlin’s great-nephew, Pastor Nick Ressler. A public visitation will be held from 9 AM – 11 AM on Saturday at the Church. There will be a luncheon provided, following the Memorial Service. Continuing to serve others, Marlin has donated his body to the Human Gifts Registry of Pennsylvania.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Marlin’s memory to Brethren in Christ World Missions or the Lebanon Rescue Mission. The Lebanon Rescue Mission serves to provide an environment where men and women can work to change their lives as they come to know the love and grace of Jesus. Donations to these organizations will continue to honor the blessings of the Lord in Marlin’s life. Donations can be made online at www.lebanonrescuemission.org or by mail: Lebanon Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 5, Lebanon, PA 17046.
Kreamer Funeral Home and Crematory, Annville, is handling arrangements.