Richard Oscar Gisler Sr.

 

Richard Oscar Gisler Sr., 77, died Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, in his home in Runge. 
 
He was born in Kenedy on July 10, 1936, the second child of Bertha “Bert” Bingham Gisler and Erwin L. “Peanut” Gisler. Richard married Alfreda Pargmann, of Runge, on June 25, 1956. He joined the Marine Corps and served honorably for three years as a wing mechanic. Later, he worked as an oil field mud logger and farmer/rancher. Together with his brother, Jerry, they established Gisler Brothers Logging, Inc. in 1978 in Runge. In 1992, after being diagnosed with a heart condition, he received a heart transplant in Salt Lake City. He then retired from the oil industry and continued to work on the farm where he proudly established his own pecan orchard. Richard was a proud serving member of Runge’s St. Paul Lutheran Church, NALC.
 
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Pansy Doreck and Gay Hahn; and his brothers, Erwin C. Gisler, Ronnie Gisler, and Jerry Gisler.
 
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Alfreda; daughters, Brenda Boerm (Kenneth Dillon) of Victoria, Carolyn (Jeff) Garwood of Waxsaw, N.C.; Anice (Albert) Morales of Phoenix; Loretta (Scott) Sonsalla of Columbia, S.C.; Kelley (Darren) Drastata of Edna; and son, Richard (Heather) O. Gisler Jr. of Runge. Also surviving are his sisters, Connie (Wayne) Buesing of Nordheim and Janet (Curtis) Rosson of Duncanville; and brother, John (Carmen) Gisler of Pettus. He was also blessed with 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
 
Richard loved tending his pecan trees, fishing at the river, telling stories and having coffee at the ‘liars’ table’ with his many friends.
 
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, and the funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30 at Finch Funeral Home in Runge. Burial will be held at the Runge City Cemetery. 
 
Pallbearers are Cory Boerm, Stephen Boerm, Bo Daniel, Jeff Garwood, Albert Morales, Scott Sonsalla, Brent Gisler, Darren Drastata and Joshua Drastata. Honorary pallbearers are Joshua, Ethan and Daniel Drastata and Gavin Sonsalla.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Donate Life Texas, 5489 Blair Road, Dallas,TX 75231.
 
You are invited to sign the online register at www.finchfuneralchapels.com.
 
Arrangements entrusted to Finch Funeral Chapel–Runge, 830-239-4862.
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