Mahlon Nolt Rissler, 79, Lancaster Provident Bookstore controller, Dutch Foods owner

By on November 4, 2015

Mahlon Nolt Rissler, 79, of Dayton, formerly of East Earl, passed away Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, at his residence.

Mahlon was born June 24, 1936 in East Earl Township, a son of the late Daniel Shelly and Lizzie (Nolt) Rissler.

In the past as a member of Park View Mennonite Church, he taught Sunday School; and he had been a long-time member of Harrisonburg Mennonite Church, where had been a team leader. Mahlon graduated from Lancaster Business School and from Franklin and Marshall College. He worked for the Lancaster Provident Bookstore as a controller. He later graduated from the Electronic and Computer Programming Institute in Harrisburg. Mahlon worked for EMC, now EMU, starting its computer program and running it for 10 years. He then owned and operated Dutch Foods. Most recently he operated a home delivery service with his wife and son.

On June 6, 1959, he married the former Gloria Grace Weaver who survives.

In addition to his wife, Mahlon is survived by a son: Jay Clair Rissler; two daughters: Ruth Ann Rissler Altemus and husband Jay; Debra Joy Rissler Layman and husband Kenny; siblings: Menno Rissler, Elsie Bowman, Vera Rissler, Emma Rissler, Edith Rissler Weaver, Mae Zook, Isaac Rissler; grandchildren: Nathan and Ben Altemus, Matthew and Jonathan Layman; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his siblings: Aaron Rissler, John Dan Rissler, Raymond Rissler, Lydia Kasbaum, Melvin Rissler, and Miriam Rissler.

A memorial service was held Oct. 11 at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church, with Pastor Mark Keller officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Harrisonburg Mennonite Church Building Program, C/O Mahlon Rissler Memorial, 1552 S. High St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Those wishing may share a memory or an online condolence by visiting mcmullenfh.com. Arrangements entrusted to the McMullen Funeral Home, Harrisonburg, Va.

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