A piece of Clay County died this weekend.
Former Times' Editor James "Jim" Dressler, died Saturday. He was 75.
Dressler spent 38 years of his life in the world of newspaper, serving in many capacities, including political writer, staff writer, sports editor, managing editor and editor.
He worked for several other newspapers, including the New Albany Tribune, Plainfield Messenger, Dayton (Ohio) Journal-Herald, and the Tribune-Star.
Following retirement from the world of journalism, Dressler remained active in the community and also spent time as a proofreader of bills for the Indiana House of Representatives during Indiana General Assembly sessions.
But it wasn't just all the by-lines printed in those papers that will remind people of Dressler.
Dressler left his imprint on Clay County and the citizens that live here.
"I started my relationship with Jim with my weekly article for the Brazil Concert Band events," BCB director Matt Huber said. "We just kind of hit if off and became friends."
Huber said Dressler had recently been working with the band and the Clay Parks Association as the organizations pursued a grant to place an awning at the band shell in Forest Park.
"He was so excited about this," Huber said.
Clay Parks Association fund drive chairperson Wilmadean Baker told The Times she had spoken to Dressler regarding the awning Friday.
"He was just so happy, so bubbly," Baker said. "He was just so excited about getting it done. I was so shocked to hear about it."
Baker said the association had received the grant with Dressler's help.
"He supported so much stuff," she said. "He was so good with community projects. It made such a difference in the community because he was so supportive."
Huber said Dressler had helped with many community projects throughout the years, including the restoration of the band shell in 1995, adding his approach to making Clay County a better place to live would be a lasting legacy.
"He was very kind, probably the most civic-minded person in Brazil and Clay County that I've ever known," Huber said.
Brazil Times' General Manager Lynne Llewellyn added Dressler will be missed.
"I think it is a real detriment to the community," Llewellyn said. "I admired Jim. I admired his grace and his enthusiasm. I always admired the fact that so many people admired him."
Former Times' General Manager Earl Hutcheson worked with Dressler for approximately 15 years.
On Sunday, he reflected on his time with the Clay County native.
"The thing about Jim was he really had a grip on the community, what was going on in the community," Hutcheson said. "He was really a great source for gathering information in Clay County."
Hutcheson added Dressler enjoyed talking about his family.
"He was somebody that really loved his family and his children," Hutcheson said. "He really could talk about his children all day."
Hutcheson said Dressler's column, "Seen and Heard," which appeared in Saturday issues, was a staple for the paper.
"Everybody loved 'Seen and Heard,'" Hutcheson said. "People looked forward to it."
Clay County Commissioner Charlie Brown told The Times he always appreciated Dressler's input on any item.
"He was a good friend," Brown said. "He always had time for me with concerns I had. He was a decent fellow.
"He was someone I really looked up to and had a lot of respect for. This is a sad loss for Clay County."
French Funeral Home associate Susie French told The Times she received a lot of help from Dressler when she started in the business.
"He was instrumental on helping me write an obituary," French said. "I didn't know what I was doing. He called me and was very helpful.
"He was such a nice man. He'll certainly be missed in the community."
Ed Christensen worked with Dressler at The Times. The former pressman said he was "one of the nicest guys I knew."
"He would help anybody," Christensen said. "You couldn't ask for a nicer guy to work with."
Former Times' associate Carol Swearingen worked with Dressler at the paper for many years and also worked with him at the Tribune-Star in Terre Haute. She said he will be missed.
"He was a really, really nice man," Swearingen said. "It was a joy knowing him and working with him for so many years."
Baker and Huber both echoed Swearingen's sentiments.
"Throughout the years, I had so much contact with him, I considered him one of my best friends," Baker said.
"Jim lived and breathed Clay County," Huber added. "He was involved in so many organizations. He was an entire unselfish man. He never wanted awards or anything like that.
"Jim left a large footprint on Clay County."