Douglas D. Drechsler, 79, of Ely, dies

Douglas Dale Drechsler (Decker), 79, Ely, died on Thursday, October 1, 2015 in the Ely Bloomenson Hospital. He was born on January 11, 1936 in Cloquet, Minnesota.
Doug served in the U.S. Army in the 77th Special Forces Group, 4th Armored Division. Educated at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, he was an English teacher and head librarian at the Ely Memorial High School, retiring in 1994. He was an avid outdoorsman and golfer, and a long-time golf coach for the Ely Memorial High School golf team.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Grace (Stueck) Decker and Robert Decker; his brothers, Frederick “Dick” Drechsler and Terry Drechsler; and his sister, Judy Vogen.
He is survived by his wife, Denise Drechsler; his three children: Steven Drechsler (Tracy), Scott Drechsler, and Amy Rutten (Luke); his seven grandchildren: Thaddeus, Zachary, Bailey and Brooke Drechsler, Jonathan Buckingham, and Sadie and Gillian Rutten, and three great grandchildren.
Please join family and friends for a celebration of his life at the Ely Golf Course clubhouse on Saturday, October 3 from 1:00-3:00. Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.