HANSHI WILLIAM H. DUESSEL, 10th DAN

Hanshi Duessel demonstrating bo techniquesAge 87, of Ross Township, on Friday, August 15, 2014, surrounded by family and friends. Beloved husband of the late Mary (Karr) Duessel; cherished father of Richard A., Gary T., Barbara L. Emminger, P. Scott (Cynthia), Patricia A. Ewing (Raymond), and the late Deborah L. Ryberg; loving grandfather to eight grandchildren and four great- grandchildren; beloved uncle to numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was a proud member of Insulator Local #2, and served as pension trustee and executive board member throughout his career. His lifelong love and dedication to karate lead him to achieve the rank of 10th degree Black Belt in the style of Isshinryu Karate. He, along with Charles A. Wallace, co-founded the Academy of Isshinryu Karate, which was located in downtown Pittsburgh. He loved to golf and often shot a round lower than his age. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps at the end of WWII. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Whisper

 

And if I go,

While you’re still here . . .

Know that I live on,

Vibrating to a different measure

Behind a veil you can not see through.

 

 

You will not see me,

So you must have faith.

I wait for the time when we can soar

together again,

Both aware of each other.

 

MEMORIAL DAY

THANK YOU TO ALL THE SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN WHO GAVE THEIR ALL FOR THEIR COUNTRY, THOSE WHO SERVED AND THOSE WHO STILL SERVE SO WE MAY BE FREE.

In Memory of Rober Poyer, Jr.

The dojo has lost a third friend during recent months with the passing of Robert L. Poyer, Jr. He was born, May 21, 1950 and died January 4, 2010, attempting to save his dog, which fell through the ice at Swazey Mill Park. He was a person who passionately believed in the Constitution of the United States and who also gave generously to charities. He owned the Hackettstown Auto Parts, numerous businesses, was a first-degree black belt at the Isshin-ryu School of Karate and was an aerobatic pilot who built two experimental biplanes.

In Memory of Sensei Dennis Sammartino

dennis_sammartinoIt is with regret that I write about the passing of Sensei Dennis Sammartino (12-7-09) at his home after a prolonged battle with cancer. Dennis and I trained with Sensei Dale Jenkins, starting in about 1973.  He was a fine man who taught Isshinryu for many years at his dojo in Boonton, NJ. His desire to teach his understanding of Isshinryu was passed to his students, whom I hope will continue his legacy.

A viewing will take place this Friday (12-11-09) from 2-4 PM and from 7-9PM at: Iliff-Ruggerio Funeral Home in Newton, NJ. The web site is: www.iliff-ruggeriofuneralhome.com for further information

In Memory of Gene Feller

gene_promotionGene Feller – November 3, 1940 to November 17, 2009

He was a friend of 26 years, an artist and Second Degree Black Belt at our dojo. Gene loved to train. He lifted weights with the best of them and he loved to expand his Isshin-ryu skills and knowledge.

His sense of humor would light a room.
gene-gorillaThis gorilla outfit was worn at one of our black belt testing sessions, causing those being tested to doubt their fearlessness when attacked during our night training.

His artwork is displayed at the dojo and on many of our benefit tournament t-shirts.

His friendship, inner drive and humor will be missed.



In Memory of Mrs. Mary Duessel. April 10, 1927 – August 19, 2008

mrsdMary Duessel a friend with the willingness to listen, laugh at a good story and would also say things like they are.

Whisper

And if I go,
While you’re still here . . .
Know that I live on,
Vibrating to a different measure
Behind a veil you can not see through.

You will not see me,
So you must have faith.
I wait for the time when we can soar
together again,
Both aware of each other.