Paul Dressel celebrated his 95th birthday with little fuss.

Born June 11, 1920, in Los Angeles, Calif., Paul wasn’t raised an Adventist, although his grandparents were members of the church. Their influence on him was very positive. His father had been a colporteur but eventually left the church.

Paul married Margaret (now deceased) on Feb. 18, 1941, and they were baptized together into the Yakima (Wash.) Church in 1945. Paul started the Dressel Roofing Company in 1950 and retired in 1986. His son, Paul Jr., joined him in the business after attending Upper Columbia Academy, and Paul Sr. retired in 2013.

Paul was instrumental in obtaining the land on which the current Yakima Church and Food Bank are located. He still lives independently, drives, gardens and is very active in the religious literature ministry that he started several years ago for the Adventist Food Bank.

Paul’s family includes Paul Jr. and Sharon Dressel of Yakima, Wash.; Linda and Wayne Mollett of Yakima; 6 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

July 23, 2015