Owen Gusler, 81, passed into the presence of His Savior at his home and surrounded by family on Thursday, August 13. He was living in Beavercreek, OH but his heart remained true to his Michigan roots.
His love for the outdoors led him to degrees in natural resources from the University of Michigan and a 30-plus year career with the U.S. Forest Service. He was known for his strong work ethic, integrity and care for those he supervised.
His life evidenced love for hunting, fishing, skiing, travel camping, close friends and family. He loved the Bible and Southern Gospel music. His commitment to Jesus Christ was evident in active church involvement, investment in missions and a particular passion for Christian camp ministries, which continued through his retirement years.
He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of over 60 years, Patricia (Gilbert) Gusler. He leaves a strong legacy of faith to his children, Tim (Lisa) Gusler and Amy (Tom) Hutchison; five grandchildren, Matthew (Sara) Gusler, Rachel (Ben) Shields, Tommy (Sara) Hutchison, Joel (Allie) Hutchison and Danielle Hutchison; three great-grandchildren, Hazel, Leila, and TJ; and his siblings, Nelson (Violet) Gusler, Donald (Gloria) Gusler and Dawn (Jim) Larrison.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Basil and Fern (Handrich) Gusler and his brother, Clare.
A Memorial service will be held at the graveside in the Fairview Cemetery, Fairview, MI, on Thursday, August 20 at 2 p.m. Anyone attending is encouraged to bring a lawn chair, wear a mask and practice social distancing. An alternate location will be available in case of inclement weather.
Arrangements by Lashley Funeral Home, Mio, MI 48647.