Saturday, February 22, 2014

Obit of Mark E. Kessinger

Mark E. Kessinger

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 survives. 
Also surviving are one son, Jordan (fiance 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 cousins. 
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 team. 
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 Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Illinois Cancer Center of Peoria, Il or the El Paso-Gridley Athletic Booster Club.
Online condolences may be directed to his family at

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