Roy Charles Pressler, 94, of Fort Worth, Texas formerly of North Platte, NE passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at Medical City Alliance Hospital in Fort Worth.
He was born on November 3, 1927 on a farm outside Central City in Merrick County, NE the son of William Charles and Goldie Druzilla (Culbertson) Pressler.
Roy graduated from Cairo High School in 1945, after which he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during W.W.II and served in the Philippines on the island of Manican on a Naval ship repair base. Following his honorable discharge in 1946, he returned to NE Central College where he was a three year in a row letterman in both football and basketball, graduating in 1949 with a B.S. On June 26, 1949 he married Phyllis Lorene Helzer and to this union three children were born, Robert, Rex and Dale. Roy went on to continue his education at University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO, graduating with a Master’s degree in mathematics in 1960. During his over 38 year career as an educator and administrator he was a teacher and coached football, basketball, baseball and track at Hordville, Clarks, Gibbon and Gothenburg school districts. He served as superintendent of schools in Gothenburg for four years, and was assistant superintendent and superintendent of schools in North Platte for one year. Following his retirement in 1987 he volunteered as a high school and college football and basketball referee and refereed the NE state basketball tournament for several years. Roy was a member of the United Methodist Church for over 75 years (member of First United Methodist while in North Platte), Kiwanis Club member for over 50 years (served as Lt. Governor, President and Secretary), American Legion member for over 50 years, life member of the VFW, NCSA, Admiral NE Navy, Masons and Shriners clubs. He also volunteered as a cub scout master and board member of the 20th century veteran’s memorial. He and Phyllis enjoyed traveling, they visited all 50 states, including China, Russia, Europe, New Zeland, Canada and Australia.
Those left to cherish Roy’s memory are his sons, Robert “Bob” (LouAnn) Pressler of Fort Worth, TX, Rex (Cindy) Pressler of Glendale, AZ, and Dale (Susan) Pressler of Dallas, TX; brother, William “Bill” (Jean) Pressler; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Phyllis; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruby (Arnold) Shultz, Lucille (Elwin) Ferris, and Opal (Dorsey) Gay; infant brother, David Pressler; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Paul (Leota) Helzer and Irene (Alfred) Woodburn.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel with the Reverend Dr. Douglas Delp officiating. Burial will follow with military honors at Fort McPherson National Veterans Cemetery near Maxwell. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27th at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which has been entrusted with the arrangements. Masonic ritual service will be held at 5:00 p.m. Memorials are suggested to either the Mid Plains Community College Cage Club, Kiwanis Club, or First United Methodist Church in North Platte. Online condolences and sharing of memories may be expressed to the family at www.carpentermemorial.com.