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79, formerly of Armagh, passed away on November 7, 2017 at St. Andrew's Village, Indiana. Born March 8, 1938 in Cramer, son of Clark "Pete" and Sadie (Michelbacher) Ressler; he was raised in the Newtown section of Cramer. He was a member of United High School Class of 1956 and later graduated in 1962 from Slippery Rock State College with a B.S. in Health and Physical Education. Marlin began his teaching career at Marion Center HS from 1962-67 and also established the district's elementary PE program. He returned to United School District where he taught elementary PE from 1967-1999. Marlin was the first cooperating teacher for student teachers from IUP's Health and Physical Education Department. He was an assistant (line) coach for many years for both United and Bishop McCort football programs. Marlin met Betty Craig in Marion Center in the spring of 1963 and they were married November 30, 1963 at Marion Center First Methodist Church; their union lasted over 51 years until Betty's death in April 2015. From his earliest days, Marlin loved hunting on Cramer Mountain and fishing at Penn's Creek in Centre County. He was raised in the Cramer Methodist Church and was a longtime member of Armagh United Methodist Church, serving several terms as a trustee. He was previously a volunteer fireman and co-chair of carnival for Armagh and East Wheatfield Volunteer Fire Company. Marlin was preceded in death by his wife Betty, his parents, and brothers Carl and Richard. He is survived by daughter Christine Spencer (Greg) of Natrona Heights, son Daniel (Michaelene) of Latrobe, grandsons Benjamin and Jackson Spencer, sister Linda Ressler of Brush Valley, nephew Brian Ressler (Kayla) and great niece Isabella of Brush Valley, and sister-in-law Judith Hamer, Greensburg. Friends received 4-7 PM, Friday and 10 AM till time of service at 11 AM, Saturday at Armagh United Methodist Church, 570 W. Philadelphia Street, Armagh. Rev. James Miller and Rev. Gregory Spencer co-officiating. Interment Marion Center Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to either Armagh United Methodist Church, 570 W. Philadelphia St., Armagh, PA 15920 or Alzheimer's Association 1100 Liberty Ave, Ste E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or www.alz.org Online condolences may be left at www.thestuartfuneralhomes.com
Published on November 7, 2017
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