Francis O. Reesher


CERES - Francis O. Reesher, 84, of 9450 Route 417, passed away Tuesday (Feb. 24, 2015) in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, following a lengthy illness. 

Born Feb. 10, 1931, in Wellsville, he was the son of Otto and Winifred Collins Reesher. On Dec. 19, 1953, he married the former Ellen Anderson, who survives. 

Fran was a graduate of the Wellsville Central School class of 1949. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving from 1951 to 1955. While in the Air Force, Fran competed in enter service boxing matches and was undefeated in more than 40 bouts. 

Fran started his banking career with Public Loan Co. in Olean, which later became Citizens National Bank and Key Bank. He worked in both Wellsville and Olean banks, retiring in 1992.

He was a member of the Southside Union Chapel in Olean and volunteered at Heritage AFlame Ministries. He was an amateur softball player and a volunteer softball coach at Bolivar Central School. Fran was also an avid hunter and golfer. 

Surviving in addition to his wife are three children, Lynda Herne of Little Genesee, Kirk (Yvonne) Reesher of Bolivar and Shae (Jeff) Smith of Bolivar; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Teresa Mallery of Fairfield, Ohio. 

He was preceded in death by two sons, Richard Reesher in 2008 and David Reesher in 2009. 

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 26, 2015) at the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc., Bolivar. Funeral services will be conducted following visitation at 8 p.m. The Rev. David Herne of Heritage AFlame Ministries will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bolivar.

Memorials may be made to Heritage AFlame Ministries, 198 Salt Rising Road, Bolivar, NY 14715.