Obituary of Elmer D Kessling, 82
|Name of Deceased||Elmer D Kessling|
|Date of Death||03/24/2010|
|Date of Birth||09/11/1927|
|Funeral Home||Dean K. Wetzler Funeral Home|
Elmer D Kessling, 82 of Halfmoon Township Port Matilda left this world embraced in the arms of his savior to join his family that has went before him. Born 9/11/27 in Boggs township son of the late Bert Ellsworth and Edith Bell Doty Kessling. On Dec 7, 1947 he married Lois Paulyne Peters who preceded him in death on Oct 29, 2002. He attended the Boggs Township Schools and the Bellefonte High School. After the B.H.S burnt down he attended the Bellefonte Academy and Bellefonte Armory. During WWII he was at Fort Sill Oklahoma for training transferring to Army Air Transport Command then to the Army Air Corp where he attended school for a weather observer and forecaster. He was stationed at Olmsted Field at Middletown until discharged. After returning home he bought a farm. In the late 80’s t hey also purchased a winter home in Florida Elmer and Lois farmed and raised seven children. He had several other jobs. He hauled can milk to Rock Springs and Hershey Chocolate, Greencastle and Central Milk Producers in Belleville Valley. He also was a truck driver, worked for Balfurd cleaners and he had his own cleaning business in Lock Haven. He worked at PSU until retiring. For several years Elmer and Lois played Santa Clause in Halfmoon Township. Also going to daycares and fraternities in State College. He was a member of the Halfmoon Christian Fellowship Church. He belonged to the National Farmers Union (1949), the Port Matilda Fire Co, Wilson Patton American Legion (1947) being Post Commander for 5 years. He was BY County commander for Centre and Clearfield Counties. He served as district Commander for Centre, Clearfield, Elk and McKean Counties. He was invited to the Voitures 14 of the 40/8. He started a fund for children of fire victims up to the age of 16, funds is used for buying clothing, they also help to train registered nurses. The 40/8 Voiture (train) appears in many parades in the area. He was the State Grand Chief and the National Chairman for 1 year. He was a member of the Bellefonte Moose Lodge 206, an associate life member of the Fraternal order of Police, Bald Eagle Lodge # 51. He was a member of the Port Matilda Lions Club upon its closing he transferred membership to the Patton Township Club. He was presented a Melvin Jones award, the highest award given by Lions International. The award is for dedicated humanitarian services. Elmer is survived by a sister June Favinger, of Spring City. Two sister-in-laws, Genevie Kessling of McKeesport and Betty Graham of Chipley, FL. He is survived by the following children Sondra Weaver (Leon); Gloria Rearick (Elmer Sr); Edwin Kessling (Pat); Donna Swartz (Rick); David Kessling; Terry Kessling; Brian Kessling, all children reside in Port Matilda except Terry who resides in West Grove PA. His surviving grandchildren are: Tom Weaver (Bobby Jo); Raelene Mellott (Steve Jr); Elmer Rearick Jr (Michelle); Brad Rearick (Chassidy); Tim Kessling (Kristin); Liza Kessling; Clayton Kessling, Steve Swartz (Kathy); Andrew (Corina); Angela Myers (Jason); Maria Musselman (Drew); David R Kessling; Amanda, Katie Jeremy Kessling. Also surviving are 19 great grand children; Brendon Walk, Eric and Brooke Weaver, Isaac, Levi and Sarah Mellott, Clayton Brown, Justin and Shane Rearick, Auston Rearick, Brendon Brubaker, Caleb and Kylie Swartz, Hannah and Savannah Kessling, Avery and Piper Myers, Ian and Airel Rodgers. He was expecting his 20th great grandchild in August 2010. Memorial contributions may be made to the 40/8 to be used for child welfare and nurses training program C/O First National Bank, 100 High Street, Port Matilda PA 16870. Along with his parents, wife and brother he was preceded in death by four grandchildren, Deanna Weaver, Edwin Jr, Amanda and Alberta Kessling.
Friends will be received at the Dean K. Wetzler Funeral Home, Milesburg on Friday, March 26, 2010 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastors Todd Templeton, Warren Sommers, Alvin Fisher and Bryan McNally officiating. Burial will be in Gray’s Cemetery, Halfmoon Twp., Centre Co., Pa. Arrangements are under the direction of Dean K. Wetzler Funeral Home, Milesburg.