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Dawson Jacob "Pete" Mesler

Dawson Jacob Mesler     “beloved son, brother, grandson, & friend”

SHINGLEHOUSE, PA---Dawson Jacob “Pete” Mesler, 16, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the Olean General Hospital, Olean, NY, after a tragic drowning accident in Shinglehouse after saving the lives of his brother and cousin.
     Born March 3, 2000 in Coudersport, he was a son of Michael A. and Miranda B. Reed Mesler.  
     Dawson was a sophomore at Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse where he also participated in the Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center for automotive technologies.  He was a Varsity wrestler and was also a member of the Jr. Varsity and Varsity co-op football team with Otto Eldred High School in Eldred.  
     He attended the Allentown (N.Y.) United Methodist Church.  Dawson loved to hunt, fish, snowmobile, go carting, and tinker with anything with a motor. He was a fun loving young man who would give you the shirt off of his back.
     Surviving besides his parents of Shinglehouse are a sister, Adrianna E. Mesler, at home; a brother, Asher Bentley Howard Mesler, at home; his paternal grandparents, Joseph A. and Virginia L. Mesler of Shinglehouse; his maternal grandmother, Cheryl S. (Bill Green) Reed of Bath, N.Y.; a grandfather, Earl Dickerson of Shinglehouse; his great-grandparents, Herbert and ImoJean Layfield of Allentown, N.Y.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins, including a special aunt, Christina M. “Aunt Cissy” Reed of Shinglehouse, and two special cousins, Reanne M. Stannard and Christopher R. Carpenter, both of Shinglehouse.
     Dawson was predeceased by his maternal Papa, Michael Reed; his maternal great-grandmother, Virginia “G.G.” Reed; and his grandmother, Sharon Goss.
     Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Oswayo Valley High School gymnasium where funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Diane M. Cox, retired pastor of the Allentown United Methodist Church, officiating officiate.  Burial will be in East Sharon Cemetery, Shinglehouse.
     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley High School, 318 South Oswayo Street, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 to establish a scholarship fund for the Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center, specifically for the Automotive Technology program.
     Dawson’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.


I am sending my sincere condolences.  My heart goes out to you at this time. I truly hope memories of Dawson and the love of family, friends and neighbors will bring you comfort. There is a great hope held out to us for the future because God promises to bring those we lost back to life by means of a resurrection to a paradise earth, where sickness and death will be no more. (Acts 24:15)(Revelation 21:4, 5) (Psalms 37:29)  I hope this brief message will bring you a measure of comfort in this difficult time.

Angela Jun 3 2016 12:00 AM

Thoughts and prayers to his family.  If ever there was a definition of a hero, Dawson is just that.  

Tim Anderson Jun 3 2016 12:00 AM

prayers and sympathy to the family. dawson was one of my best friends. where dawson is now he is in a better place somewhere working on his snowmobile. we will always love and miss you dawson you were an amazing person

Cassidy Main Jun 3 2016 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you through such a tragic loss. Please know we care!

Pam & Keith Jun 3 2016 12:00 AM

Our sincere condolences to all of you in this time of sorrow.  God Bless.

Mike, Beth & Eli Bell Jun 1 2016 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss.  He was a hero and will be remembered as such.  May God surround you with His arms and give you peace at this time.  Rest in the knowledge that Dawson is with the Lord in a glorious place and that you will join him another day.

Joanne Ritz Jun 1 2016 12:00 AM

Thoughts and prayers go out to the Mesler and Reed families. So very sorry for your loss..

Dewey & Tobie Swift May 31 2016 12:00 AM

My heart aches for you.  Your loss is felt by many. Heaven has a new hero. He has taught us to be brave and face split second decision without fear. God Bless Dawson and God Bless his Family.

Marianne Harris May 31 2016 12:00 AM

We are so very sorry to hear of your loss.  Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Stacy Bair May 31 2016 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time. God bless!

Kay Mertsock May 30 2016 12:00 AM

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