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Daniel J. MESLER

March 20, 1958 — July 5, 2020

Daniel J. MESLER, 62, of Bolivar, NY, passed away at home on Sunday, July 5, 2020.

Born March 20, 1958, in St. Francis Hospital, Olean, NY, he was the son of Norman and MaryLou Bush Mesler.

He attended Bolivar Central School. Dan worked for his father at Mesler Quaker State. He worked as a self-employed logger and was employed by Portville Forest Products. He was employed by his long-time friends, John and Sue Lindquist at Lindquist Cub Cadet Sales & Service. Dan also spent many years driving the “#1” street stock for Lindquist racing and brought home many checkered flags. On July 22, 1996, he began his career as a bus mechanic at the Bolivar-Richburg Central School transportation department. He owned and operated Mesler Garage on Refinery Road since 2008. Dan had a knack for fixing anything with an engine. Most days, Dan could be found working on vehicles in his garage, riding side by sides, camping and most of all, spending time with his family and friends dancing and singing. He shared his love of racing with his son, Brett, son-in-law, Jimmy, and a very special friend, Eric “Beef” Grice. They were known on the track as “Team Mesler Garage.” Dan lived his life to the absolute fullest.

On December 12, 1981, in Faith Bible Church, Little Genesee, he married the former Rosemary L. Gilliland, who survives. Together, they raised three daughters and one son. Surviving besides his wife, Rosemary, are: four children, Stacy (Eric) Matz of Ontario, Tracy (Ryan Worthington) Mesler, Danielle (James) White, and Brett Mesler, all of Bolivar; his father, Norman Mesler; his father-in-law, Kenneth Gilliland, Sr.; 15 grandchildren;  one great-grandchild; eight siblings; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother, MaryLou (Robert) Haught; and his mother-in-law, Margaret L. Gilliland.

Family and friends are invited to a casual memorial gathering at the Mesler home on Saturday, August 1, 2020 beginning at 2:00 PM.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville. Online condolences may be expressed at

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