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Melvin Earl Kessinger

Melvin Earl Kessinger

Male 1935 - 2009  (74 years)

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  • Name Melvin Earl Kessinger  [1
    Born 27 Aug 1935  Rupert, Minidoka, Idaho, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Also Known As Mel 
    Died 2 Dec 2009  Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Melvin Earl Kessinger: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice

      Times-News, The (Twin Falls, ID) - Tuesday, December 15, 2009

      Deceased Name: Melvin Earl Kessinger
      Melvin Earl Kessinger

      Melvin E. Kessinger, 74, died of cancer Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, at his home in Spanish Fork, Utah.

      He was born Aug. 27, 1935, in Rupert, Idaho, to Eugene Kessinger and Ruby Rasmussen Southern. After Mel was diagnosed with cancer, he was inflicted by other complications. Though this caused much pain, suffering and many trips to the hospital he consistently baffled medical authorities with his contagious positive attitude, great sense of humor and miraculous ability to heal. In fact, he was affectionately known as "Miracle Mel."

      Mel will be remembered for his quiet acts of kindness. He built up those around him through service and sacrifice. He lived a simple and humble life. His enjoyments came from family, friends, his farm and learning. During his retired years, he enjoyed working on his small farm raising Shetland ponies and miniature goats. As a young father, he raised goats and sold their milk to parents with children allergic to milk.

      Mel was married to Ellie Kessinger in the Arizona Temple in 1966. They had two boys and 37 years of marriage before she died in 2003. Later, Mel married Barbra Cherrington in the Timpanogos Temple. They have one daughter. Melvin received his bachelor's degree from BYU and earned his master's degree in social work from Florida State University. He worked for 29 years as a social worker for the Division of Child and Family Services in Utah. His continuing education included hypnosis, guided imagery and other therapies that he mastered to help all types of clients. Mel served our country in the Army and followed politics closely - he enjoyed his freedom.

      Melvin was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served an LDS mission in the U.S. Central States area. Mel enjoyed life. He had too many talents to list and used them all in helping others. He was soft-spoken, genuine, kind, funny and never held grudges. Mel Kessinger will be greatly missed by his wife, family and friends. We'll especially miss the dangerous pancakes, his vast knowledge on hydrogen peroxide and his fun songs he'd sing.

      He is survived by his wife, Barbra; his sons, Bryan and Tom Kessinger; his daughter, Eliza Kessinger; and his seven grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother, Ruby Southern; and his siblings, Neil, Leon, Donna, Jay, Larry, Jim, Wayne and Kirk. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Ellie Kessinger.

      The funeral was held Saturday, Dec. 12, in Spanish Fork, Utah. Interment is in the Evergreen Cemetery in Springville, Utah.

      • Published Tuesday, December 15, 2009
      Copyright (c) 2009 The Times-News
    • Age at Death: 74
    Buried 12 Dec 2009  Evergreen Cemetery, Springville, Utah, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Person ID I9742  tng Genealogy

    Family 1 El Louise Nielson,   b. 16 Sep 1932, Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jul 2003, Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 23 Nov 1966 
     1. Living
     2. Living
    Family ID F1589  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Living 
     1. Living
    Family ID F10743  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Photos
    Melvin Earl Kessinger photo
    Melvin Earl Kessinger photo

    Mel and Ellouise Milton Kessinger gravestone
    Mel and Ellouise Milton Kessinger gravestone

  • Sources 
    1. [S344] Social Security Death Index, Ancestry.com, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2009;), Issue State: Idaho; Issue Date: 1954.
      Record for Melvin Earl Kessinger

    2. [S122] FindaGrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/45318330

    3. [S142] Gravestone.
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