EL PASO- Mark E. Kessinger, 52, of El Paso, IL passed away
at 2:54 pm on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at OSF St. Francis in
Peoria, IL with his family by his side.
He was born on June 8, 1961 in Fairbury, IL a son of
Chellis "Jim" and Mary Jane McGreal Kessinger. He married
Sandra "Sandee" Franke on August 15, 1987 in El Paso, IL. She
Also surviving are one son, Jordan (fiancé Abby
Kiefer) Kessinger; one daughter, Chelsea Kessinger both of El Paso;
his parents Jim and Mary Jane Kessinger of Bloomington; two
brothers, Mike Kessinger of Chatsworth, IL; Dan (Kelly) Kessinger
of Toano, VA; three sisters, Kay (Wayne) Shols of Chatsworth, IL;
Sharon (Doug) Benway of Strawn, IL; Debbie (Mike) Coffman of
Heyworth, IL; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and
He was preceded in death by his grandparents and one
niece, Lindey Hornstein.
Mark graduated from Chatsworth High School and Joliet
Jr. College with an Associate Degree in Ag Business and was
currently the co-owner/operator of Chatsworth Ag Services.
He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed playing golf at
the El Paso Country Club and Pontiac Elks. He was a member of
the El Paso-Gridley Athletic Booster Club where he served on the
board of directors from 2005-2012. He also served as a
scorekeeper for away games for the boy's basketball
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on
Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in El
Paso. Rev. Jonathan Boehne will officiate. Visitation will be
held on Friday evening from 3-8 pm at the Ruestman-Harris Funeral
Home in El Paso. Burial will be in Evergreen
Memorials may be made to the Illinois Cancer Center
of Peoria, IL or the El Paso-Gridley Athletic Booster Club.
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