Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Walter K. Vossler

Friendship - Walter K. Vossler, 86, of Friendship died Monday (June 22, 2009) at the Wellsville Manor Care Center following a long illness.

Born July 2, 1922 in Wellsville, he was the eldest son of Karl B. and Bertha Brandes Vossler. He graduated from Wellsville High School and was active in the Future Farmers of America. After graduation he worked on his father’s farm. On June 28, 1947 he married the former Florence Rumsey of Friendship [daughter of Walter and Louise Potter Rumsey] in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Wellsville. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2008 with their family.

Shortly after he was married he moved to Friendship and a bought a farm on East Hill Road. He was a lifelong dairy farmer and resided on their farm until his illness. The farm remained as the family home until his wife’s death in May 2008. As a farmer he was active in the Cooperative Extension and 4-H. In addition he was active in the Habitat for Humanity and a member of the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Wellsville.

He is survived by three children, Kenneth R. (Gayle) Vossler of Jamestown, Jean (Thomas) Bennett of Millersville, Maryland and Peter K. (Lynne) Vossler of Troy, Michigan; five grandchildren, Eric Vossler, Kathryn Vossler, Elizabeth Bennett, Kara Vossler and Thomas (Will) Bennett, Jr. In addition he is survived by two younger brothers, Donald (Janice) Vossler and Lawrence (Marge) Vossler both of Wellsville and a sister, Marilyn (Jack) Palmer of Florida.

He was predeceased by his wife of almost 61 years and by a son Paul Walter Vossler.

Friends and family may call at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Funeral services will be held Saturday (June 27, 2009) at 11 am in the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church With Rev. William Willson presiding. Burial will be immediately following the service in the family plot of Maple Grove Cemetery, Friendship.

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