Michael Joseph Dressen, age 91, of Watertown, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2017.
He was born Nov. 18, 1925, to Michael and Dora Dressen.
Michael was united in marriage to Mary Louise Lano Dec. 27, 1950, in Chaska. Mary was the love of his life, and they were blessed with seven children: Thomas (Nancy) Dressen, Michael Paul Dressen (deceased), Stephen (Jean) Dressen, Ann (Harold) Holland, Beth (Mark) Greenwood, Mary (Dennis, deceased) Kelly, and Michael Dressen.
Mike graduated from Waconia High School and served in the Navy in 1944 during World War II.
He then attended St. John’s University, where he played baseball.
Mike was employed at Watertown High School from 1950 to 1987, holding positions as social studies teacher, athletic director, assistant principal, and baseball coach.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; son Michael Paul; grandson Thomas; son-in-law Dennis Kelly; parents, Michael and Dora Dressen; sister Irene; and brothers Lafar, Francis, Ambrose, and Myron.
In addition to four children, Michael is survived by 11 grandchildren: Christopher (Shelley) Dressen, Patrick (Tina) Dressen, Jeremy (Anna) Dressen, Corey Dressen, Kristy (Luke) Johnson, Morgan (Nichole) Holland, Matthew Holland, Megan (Christopher) Fitzloff, Daniel (Allison) Greenwood, Lauren Kelly, and David Kelly; and 12 great-grandchildren: Thomas, Josie and Colton Dressen; Grace, Cole and Will Dressen; Alexander Dressen, Noah Dressen, Alayna Holland, and Taylor, Riley and Jack Fitzloff.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, Feb. 3 at 10:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown. Inurnment with military honors was in the church cemetery.
There was a gathering of family and friends Thursday, Feb. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m., and continuing Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., all in the church.
Arrangements were with the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.