EuGene L Kessel

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EuGene L Kessel

July 07, 1933 - October 09, 2018

EuGene Leonard Kessel, 85, of Ollie, died early Tuesday October 9, 2018, at the Keokuk County Health Center in Sigourney. He was born July 17, 1933, in Brighton to Leonard and Elsie (Ledger) Kessel. His early years were in Brighton and he graduated from Ollie High School in 1951. EuGene married Nancy Ann Moore January 10, 1953 in Richland. She died May 12, 2011. He farmed most of his life northeast of Ollie and was an Archer Oil Dealer. He served in the U.S .Army during the Korean War and was a member of the American Legion Post No. 504, Richland. EuGene was a lifetime member of Mother Cabrini Catholic Church in Richland.

EuGene is survived by one son Gary Fuzz Kessel (Kaye) of Ankeny, and four daughters: Brenda Schiltz (Al) of Broken Arrow, OK, Glenda Widmer (Tom) and Terry Miller (Jerry) both of Iowa City and Jody Pontious (Rob) of White Bear Lake, MN, like a daughter, Amy Eakins (Bob) Keota, 8 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, 2 brothers: Carroll Kessel (Janice) of Davenport and Dwight Kessel (Zeeta) of Washington, one sister, Beatrice Reynolds of Panora, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, grandson Tim Widmer, 3 brothers: Harold, Howard, and Clyde and 2 sisters, Isabell Rich and Marian Wonderlich.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday October 12, 2018, at Mother Cabrini Church in Richland with Rev. Charles J. Fladung officiating. Burial will be in Ollie Cemetery. Prayers for a Christian Wake will begin at 4 P.M. Thursday October 11, 2018, followed by visitation with the family until 7 P.M. Memorials to Mother Cabrini Church or Keokuk County Foundation (Hospice) may be left at the church or mailed to Glenda Widmer, 725 Arbor Drive, Iowa City, Iowa-52245. Gould Funeral Home of Richland is in charge of arrangements.
Published on October 10, 2018
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Thursday October 11, 2018

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Mother Cabrini Church

Richland, IA

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Friday October 12, 2018

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Mother Cabrini Church

Richland, Iowa


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4 posts

Dee Shaw
Oct 12, 2018
So sorry for your loss.
Cindy Ahler (Nativity Choir)
Oct 12, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss Jodi and the rest of your family. Prayers that you all will heal from this loss as quickly as possible.
Marge (Weber) Lindquist
Oct 11, 2018
Nancy and EuGene will forever be in my heart. God met him with Nancy and open arms. They are home now. They finished their race. They were the absolute best neighbors we could have had. The laughs,the tears,the support, will never be forgotten. We were truly blessed by them in our lives.
Sheri Harper Gann
Oct 11, 2018
Your mom and dad were both such special people! Your mom was moms Avon lady and Eugene was at Deerview with mom. I knew him from golf course, and we always teased each other. May he RIP.