David E. Bressler

May 15, 1951 - January 18, 2018

David E. Bressler


David E. Bressler, 66, of Cherry Valley, IL, passed away to be with Jesus, his Lord and Savior, on January 18, 2018, at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford, IL. David was born May 15, 1951, in Fairbury, IL, the son of Horace E. and Doris I. (Rundlett) Bressler. He married his sweetheart, Rebecca Nelson, January 3, 1981 at Flora Community Church, Kirkland, IL. David earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and most recently was employed as an elementary school teacher for Faith Tabernacle Christian School in Rockford.

David’s interests included photography, bird watching, bike riding, walking and outdoor activities. He was a member of Samuelson Road Church Of The Nazarene, involved in the Children Ministries as a puppeteer and was known and loved by the children as Bernie the dog. David suffered a debilitating illness that left him handicapped in 2002. After this, he continued to inspire and encourage people through his photography, inspirational e-mails and positive attitude. David loved to spend time with his grandkids and has taken hundreds of photos of their energetic activities.

David was loved and will be missed by his wife, Rebecca; sons, Charles E. (Shelby Hulett) Bressler and Andrew N. Bressler; sisters, Diane (Jim) Dawson and Chris Weingard, and brother, Steven (Rhonda) Bressler; grandchildren, Austin, Kayla and Hailey Bressler; numerous nieces and nephews; and a wonderful extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service to celebrate David’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Samuelson Road Church of The Nazarene, 3183 Samuelson Road, Rockford, IL 61109. A time of fellowship will take place following the memorial service. Burial in Flora Cemetery.

Service Schedule

Thursday, January 25, 2018
2:00 pm

Samuelson Road Church of Nazarene

3183 Samuelson Road
Rockford, IL 61109

A memorial service to celebrate David’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Samuelson Road Church of The Nazarene, 3183 Samuelson Road, Rockford, IL 61109

Flora Cemetery

Burial at Flora Cemetery.

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So sorry to hear about David. I remember David from our teen years at the Belvidere Free Methodist Church. My condolences to the family.

Annette Cassens Fleming 2018-02-06T15:11:27

Becky , Our prayers to you and your family at your lose.
I’m sorry that I never had a chance to see you after High
School or to meet David. God and time heal our pain of lost
loved ones. Rosemary & Ron Anderson

Rosemary Anderson 2018-01-27T21:27:03

I’m so sorry for your loss Andrew, Charlie, Steve, and Rebecca. May God grant you peace, the same peace that David is now enjoying.

Samuel Helderman 2018-01-24T17:37:26

Sorry to hear of about David’s passing. Have many memories of David’s years at Faith Tabernacle. May God’s peace keep Becky and the family. Enjoyed his emails very much! RIP!!

Marty & Joann Caliva 2018-01-24T14:56:22

One of God’s finest. Eternal fun & fond memories during our teen years @ Belvidere church.

Keith Hendricks 2018-01-23T20:25:17

Becky, Charlie and Family Joe & I send are condolences to you. We appreciate that we were able to meet Dave and his wonderful outlook on life. Loved seeing his amazing pictures. May Peace be with you all!

KATHY HULETT 2018-01-22T14:36:29

The Bressler family has been like family to us. We had the honor to meet Mr. Bressler in person and what an inspiring man of God he was. If someone knew about hard times and struggles that was him but never once I heard that he complained about it. Instead he took months to write his “Letters from a wheelchair” e-mails to praise God and still witness to those willing to hear the good news. I was thrilled when he agreed to come to Sam. Rd. Church of the Nazarene to share his ministry with us, what a blessing that night was. To Becky, Charlie and his family and Andrew goes our heart. You are very special to us and we pray to the Father so He may comfort you in this difficult times. We love you!!

Laura Mata 2018-01-22T00:02:07

So very sorry for your loss. Sounds like he was a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Connie Shons 2018-01-21T19:48:15

Our sympathy to the whole family. Having read one of David’s newsletters, we could feel his love of the Lord and of nature. His writing talents, along with his life truly represented his trust in the Lord. May the good memories you have of him give you comfort every day.

Bob and Rose Harkness 2018-01-21T13:35:59

Our deepest sympathy to the whole family in the loss of David. Cherish your memories; may they bring you comfort. David will have eternal peace from any pain and suffering.

Jeanne and Jim Mordick 2018-01-21T09:48:13

We are so sorry for your loss but happy for heavens gain. What a man of God. He blessed so many of us. Jesus comfort his family

Jerry Anita Stanfill 2018-01-21T08:52:42

I’ve been told tears are prayers to God when your too weak to speak … I pray God touches Becky Charles Andrew Austin Kayla and help them thru a giant loss and a piece of all our hearts with be restored eventually.Daves in comfort with God which he above and beyond earned . May you rest in peace Dave … You earned it.

Kristy 2018-01-21T08:40:15

I am sad to hear of David’s passing but rejoice in the fact that he is in heaven! I can hear his voice , singing! Praise God he is home!

Kristina M Orr 2018-01-21T01:19:11

David was missed so much at the church. His smile radiated Gods love to all. He was a light.

Ron and Karen Hamilton 2018-01-20T22:55:19

To The Bressler Family,
Our condolences to all for the Homegoing of David. We know you will miss him. We remember him as a happy and Christlike man when he was at church when we would visit. May you feel God’s comfort through these difficult days.

Ed & Marilee Velazquez 2018-01-20T19:16:54

So sorry for your loss….He is home. We are all only passing through this life on our way home. David’s time on earth was a blessing to everyone who knew him. He was an inspiration and his life is a testimony that will last an eternity. He is now embraced in the arms of God and with many friends that have gone before…dad, mom, Norman, Wanda, and many others. We are sad, but they are rejoicing with him. Love and prayers to all of you.

Buford nd Carol Hicks 2018-01-20T17:59:57


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