Kenneth Wayne Crysler

Born: Fri., Jun. 9, 1939
Died: Sat., Nov. 3, 2018

Memorial Gathering

12:00 PM Wed., Nov. 14, 2018
Location: Episcopal Church of the Redeemer

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The Reverend Kenneth Wayne (Papa) Crysler

Fr. Ken was born in Chicago, IL to parents Kenneth Walter and Lucille Crysler on June 9, 1939.  After lengthy illnesses, he passed at his home in Pendleton with those he loved, at the age of 79.

He was primarily raised in Wisconsin, with his family finally settling in Plymouth, IN during his high school years. He was an accomplished musician, playing bassoon in a symphony, saxophone in his own dance band, and winning the Indiana State Solo competition for bassoon three years. After his high school graduation, he enlisted in the US Navy, serving 4 years; was stationed aboard the USS Conway with Dean Gardner, who would introduce him to the love of his life, Sabra Gardner.

He and Sabra were married July 18, 1964 and would enjoy 54 years of blessed marriage. He graduated from Indiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Education. That became a master’s from Eastern Oregon University. He began teaching at Pendleton High School in 1968, and he retired in 1997. Teaching was one of the true passions and joys of his life.

In 1972, he began his studies for the ministry, graduating from The Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in 1976, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1977. He served the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Oregon as a supply priest, as Associate Priest at Church of the Redeemer in Pendleton, and Vicar at St. Stephen’s, Baker City. He performed hundreds of services, baptisms, marriages, and funerals.

Though his health declined in his later years, he became a sheep rancher, studied Quantum Physics and Psychology, wrote and published several books, and was a student of Life. He loved to read and never stopped learning.  He loved his wife and children dearly, and he lived for his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by:  son Kenneth William (Christine) Crysler, Ontario, OR, daughter Sabrina (Cameron) Gillespie, Secret Harbour Western Australia; grandchildren Gabriel Billings, Jessica Billings, Ella Gillespie, Evangeline Crysler and Kenneth James Crysler.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister RuthAnn Wraight.

A memorial Service will be held at Church of the Redeemer, Pendleton, Oregon, November 14 at 12:00 noon, with reception to follow in Crysler Hall.

Memorial contributions can be made in his name to Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 241 SE Second Street, Pendleton, 97801 or Ascension School Camp and Conference Center, Box 278, Cove, OR 97824.

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Ruth Fenton
   Posted Tue November 06, 2018
So sorry for your loss.

Pete and Pat King
   Posted Thu November 08, 2018
Dearest Sabra, Kenny, Sabrina and families you are truly in our thoughts and prayers at this time of loss. Papa Ken will be missed but long remembered for his many talents. And for his great love and care for those he met along his life path. We are so lucky to have shared that path.
Pat and Pete

Deborah Fritts
   Posted Fri November 09, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of Papa Ken’s passing. He will always be in my heart. He gave us many gifts. Teacher, priest, friend. No one gave better sermons. My prayers are for Sabra, Ken, and Sabrina. I will be with my Redeemer Family in spirit on Wednesday

Mary Len Rees
   Posted Mon November 12, 2018
Sabra, Kenny, Sabrina, I am so sorry for your loss. Ken will be missed by the many he taught, guided and blessed. I sincerely enjoyed working with him at school and truly appreciated his spiritual guidance at The Redeemer. He was gift to all of us. With fondness and care, Mary Len

Mary Harris
   Posted Mon November 12, 2018
So the end of the trail.
Am so grateful to have had Ken in my iife.( And his family). I am especiielly grateful for his Stephens Ministry Class. He gave so much too Redeemer.
Hope you can all take comfort from God's Holy Spirit.
I plan to be with you Wednesday. Have a doctor's appointmentment at 1:30 at St. Anthony Wednesday.

Sharon Ainsworth Maness
   Posted Tue November 13, 2018
Sabra and family, so sorry to see that Ken passed away, he touched the lives of many through his teaching and in his church. He will be missed by many, so glad i got to see you and him just weeks before his passing. God bless and may he Rest in Peace.

Marsha Burkhart
   Posted Tue November 13, 2018
Mr. Crysler was teaching at Pendleton High when I was going to school back in the 70's, Such a great a teacher. So easy to talk too. Also Mr. and Mrs. Crysler would set in and watch all the girls at the once upon a time girls home in Pendleon. RIP Mr. Crysler. My condolences to Mrs. Crysler and his children.

Kelsey Musgrave
   Posted Tue November 13, 2018
My sincere love, thoughts and prayers to the Crysler family. Your father and husband will
be forever missed in the hearts of many. He was and will remain an amazing man who touched the lives of some many, myself included. He had a way of always reminding whomever he was speaking to how they were important, cherished. I have been many places after leaving his tutelage at PHS, never have I met someone who card about his fellow humans as much as he. I will carry my memories of Mr. C. with me forever and cherish them. God bless you all.

Marge Normington-Jones
   Posted Wed November 14, 2018
I worked with Ken at PHS and enjoyed his banter in the faculty room. He was always thoughtful and willing to help other faculty members. May your memories of him help ease your pain. He will be missed by many.

Karen Pidcock
   Posted Wed November 14, 2018
I enjoyed Ken’s deep presence and music-making...except for dancing to his saxaphone playing in his dance band, or hearing him play the bassoon, which I so regret. Yet never will I forget the wisdom, grace, tenacity and friendship he offered me and all of us so blessed to have known and loved him! “Give rest unto your servant with your saints O God, give rest, give rest, where there is neither pain nor sorrow, neither sighing but life everlasting.!

Robin and Carl Klotz
   Posted Thu November 15, 2018
Sabra and family-May the love of family and friends sustain you in these difficult days.

   Posted Thu November 15, 2018
I am very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you in this difficult time. I know it’s hard to go through this pain, but I hope you may find comfort in knowing that God cares about how you feel and that He promises that “there is going to be a resurrection.” (Acts 24:15) (1 Peter 5:7) Won’t that be wonderful to see our loved ones again! I hope this promise brings you comfort as it does me.

Michael Singrey
   Posted Mon January 21, 2019
Sorry to be late but I didn't learn of Ken's passing until today. I was looking for something in my garage and came across some letters Ken had written to me in the mid-1970s and I thought - I should connect again. Sadly, I will need to connect again when I pass. We met when I was in Ken's creative writing class at PHS in the 1972-73 school year. Though everyone whom you come in contact with throughout your life slightly impacts who you are and who you become, very few make an impact that changes your direction. Ken's wisdom, pace, thoughtfulness, and grace were always something that I admired and still aspire to attain. Many of his lessons I still think of today and I try to pass them on. I just wanted you to know the impact he made on one life. Thank you for sharing him.

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