Frank Kessinger of Greeley died Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at The Bridge Assisted Living of Life-Care Center in Greeley. He was 85.A funeral service was held March 20 at St. Peters Catholic Church in Greeley, followed by cremation. The ashes will be interred this summer at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs.Mr. Kessinger was born May 18, 1918, in Bancroft, Neb., to Francis and Clara (Glissman) Kessinger. He grew up on a family farm and worked as a migrant farm worker during the Great Depression. He enlisted in the Army in early 1941, served in the 1st Special Service Force and 101st Airborne and earned two Purple Hearts. He became a Roman Catholic during World War II. After his discharge, he attended Colorado State College of Education in Greeley, where he met his wife-to-be, June Cerise. They were married Dec. 26, 1948, in Glenwood Springs. Mr. Kessinger operated the White Palace and Chef restaurants in Greeley and the A&W Drive-In in Leavenworth, Kan. He later worked for grocery stores in Greeley before opening the 11th Avenue Pantry in Evans in 1969. Mr. Kessinger volunteered at the hospital, St. Peters Catholic Church and the VA in Cheyenne, and served on the City Council and water boards in Evans. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans. He was preceded in death by his wife, June Cerise Kessinger, in 1997; by a daughter, Tami Kessinger; by his parents; and by brothers, Warren Jack Kessinger and Glenn Kessinger.Mr. Kessinger is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Mimi Kessinger and Robert Parsons of Albuquerque, N.M., and Niki Kessinger and Kevin Doll of Aurora; by sons and daughters-in-law Earl and Annalia Kessinger of Florence, Italy, Glen and Denise Kessinger of Aiken, S.C., and Kris and Griselda Kessinger of Greeley; by sisters Mary Chase of Nebraska, and Dorothy Wilson, Katherine Nelson and Arlene Kurtz, all of California; and by grandchildren Dakota Kessinger-Soto, Mollie and Luke Parsons, Nicholas and Kathleen Doll, and Katelyn and Samuel Kessinger.Memorial gifts may be made to a charity of the donors choice. Cards may be sent to Niki Kessinger, 4630 S. Idalia St., Aurora, CO 80015.
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