Robert East Cressler, 78, of Wichita, born on Sept. 26, 1938, in Newton, passed away peacefully Oct. 7, 2016. Bob left a legacy of love, compassion and charitable service. He was a devoted dad, loving husband, loyal friend and respected businessman. A hugger from way back, Bob would welcome friends and strangers alike with a beaming smile and huge bear hug. He was a thespian at Newton High School, playing the lead role in "Our Town." Bob attended Wichita State University and was an active member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, serving as president. He graduated with honors in 1956. Bob became a franchise owner of Pizza Hut with a long-time friend. In 1968, Bob began work at Pizza Hut's corporate office in Wichita. He was Vice President, Head of Operations at Pizza Hut when his entrepreneurial spirit once again led him to pursue new independent ventures. Bob was actively involved in the Wichita community. He volunteered countless hours of service on the pool deck at Wichita Swim Club. He served as President of Wichita Swim Club for several years and served on a number of Head Coach Selection Committees. He served on numerous corporate boards including the Board of Directors of Nutri-System. An avid golfer and fisherman, Bob enjoyed these activities with his family and friends. Bob is survived by his wife Ruth of 25 years; first wife Sally of 30 years; daughter Cari (Vince) Pellegrini; son Chris (Becke) Cressler; stepsons Cody (Sara) Robinson and Chad (Crystal) Robinson; loving grandchildren; sister-in-law Sue Cressler; and nephews Jon and James Cressler. Join us for a celebration of Bob's life Wednesday (Oct. 19, 2016) from 10 a.m. to noon at Tallgrass Country Club, 2400 N. Tallgrass St., Wichita. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the Alzheimer's Association http://www.alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asp or Heartland Hospice https://heartlandhospicefund.org/donate/.
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