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Newell LaVern Kessinger

August 21, 1920 - March 24, 2015

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Newell L. Kessinger passed away in Winter Park, Florida on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. He was born on August 21, 1920 in Hillsboro, Illinois to Ernest J. and Gertrude A. Kessinger. He married Mary Ellen Price in San Marcus, Texas on December 16, 1944. She preceded him in death on September 16, 2014. They previously resided in Farmington, IL, Grayslake, IL, and most recently in Winter Springs, FL.



He served his country in the United States Army Air Corps during WW II. He held Bachelor of Education and Masters of Education degrees from Illinois...

Newell L. Kessinger passed away in Winter Park, Florida on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. He was born on August 21, 1920 in Hillsboro, Illinois to Ernest J. and Gertrude A. Kessinger. He married Mary Ellen Price in San Marcus, Texas on December 16, 1944. She preceded him in death on September 16, 2014. They previously resided in Farmington, IL, Grayslake, IL, and most recently in Winter Springs, FL.



He served his country in the United States Army Air Corps during WW II. He held Bachelor of Education and Masters of Education degrees from Illinois State Normal University and had taught instrumental music for 33 years in Farmington, IL and Grayslake, IL. “Kess” touched the lives of countless band students throughout his long teaching career and is remembered fondly by his former students. He was always musically active in his church, most recently singing in the choir and directing the handbell choir at St. Richards Episcopal Church. He loved traveling with his family and was an avid golfer.



He is survived by his sons John (Paula) Kessinger of Winter Springs, FL and William (Lee) Kessinger of East Moline, IL. His grandchildren are: Stephen (Tanja) Kessinger, Danielle Kessinger, Matthew (Stephanie) Kessinger; also Shelley (James) Brennan, Sara (Garth) Huston, and Scott (Brenna) Kessinger and their mother Sandy Kessinger. Great-grandchildren are Leon and Julian Kessinger, Hannah and Hobbs Huston, Alex and Ryan Kessinger and Catherine Brennan. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Gloria Kessinger of Colorado Springs, CO, sister-in-law Jane (Bill) Schueler of San Mateo, CA, and brother-in-law Herbert C. Price of Huntley, IL. His nieces and nephews include Paula (Frank) Megorden, Terri (Howard Lankford) Cotten, Greg (Jackie) Kessinger, Robert (Nancy) Tepperman, Katherine (Roy) Bukstein, Sara (Rick) Tustin, and Charles Price.



He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary Ellen, son Thomas J. Kessinger, brother E. Melvin Kessinger, brother-in-law Marvin Tepperman, and sister-in-law Jean Price.



A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 2 at 10 AM at St. Richard’s Episcopal Church in Winter Park, FL.



In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Newell L. and Mary Ellen Kessinger Celebratory Music Fund at St. Richards Episcopal Church, 5151 Lake Howell Road, Winter Park, FL 32792.