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Robertson Ellis Vosler, the president of A.E. Vosler Manufacturing Corp., a former Medina School Board member and one of the founders of the Shelridge Country Club, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) in Orchard Manor Nursing Home after a long illness. He was 78.

Vosler was a longtime Medina resident and was a graduate of Medina High School, where he had been a star quarterback. In 1944 he earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Dartmouth College, where he was a member of Chi Phi fraternity.

Serving with the Navy in World War II, he rose to the rank of ensign as a pilot in the Pacific Theater.

Vosler was president of A.E. Vosler Manufacturing, which made wooden industrial pallets. He also founded Vochamp Lumber Corp., which ran a sawmill and dry kiln. He is credited with introducing the chip 'n' saw machine.

Vosler served as a director of the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association.

After the sale of his business in 1982, he coupled his knowledge of the lumber industry with his love for travel, serving as a consultant on assignments in Honduras and Slovakia under the International Executive Service Corps.

Active in the community, he helped found Shelridge Country Club and served on the Medina School Board in 1978. He and his wife were host family to an American Field Service exchange student from Finland. Vosler also was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, serving as trustee and deacon.

He enjoyed golf, travel, gardening, building model ships and painting.

Vosler is survived by his wife, the former Mary Denny; three daughters, Constance Zimmerman of Stow, Mass., Katherine Gehly of Littleton, Mass., and Jean of Nashua, N.H.; a sister, Jane Henner of Lake Ridge, Va.; and two grandsons.

A memorial service will be held in the spring.


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