Funeral Mass for George Kessel, 91, of Dickinson, will be 9:00 a.m., Friday, January 18, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father Keith Streifel celebrating. Military Rites will be presented by the Dickinson American Legion Post #3 Honor Guard. Burial will take place in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
Visitation for George will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Stevenson Funeral Home with a rosary and vigil service being held at 6:00 p.m.
George passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2019 surrounded by his family at St. Luke’s Home, Dickinson, ND.
George Ralph Kessel was born July 23, 1927 in Dickinson, the son of Joseph and Otillia (Herauf) Kessel. Growing up he attended St. Joseph’s grade school and graduated from Dickinson High School in 1945. He worked for the railroad for a couple of years before enlisting with the US Army. George served for two years and was honorably discharged as Corporal in 1952. He returned to Dickinson where he began to work for Dickinson Creamery Company and later Cloverdale. George married Irene Sykora on October 5, 1959 in Dickinson. Their marriage was blessed with three daughters, Danita, Janet, and Renae. George later worked as a custodian for Dickinson High School. He enjoyed a good joke and was a bit of a prankster. He will be remembered for his infectious smile and his gentle demeanor. George enjoyed his sing-a-long group and singing for residents at nursing homes. He loved watching trains and football. In his early years he played football and also umpired. George was a member of German Hungarian Club, Eagles Club, Knights of Columbus, St. Pius, and the Veterans Group – American Legion Am Vets.
George is survived by his wife of 59 years, Irene; daughters, Danita (Jeff) Harris of Dickinson, Janet (Jim Mellmer) Wock of New England, Renae (Marc) Kobriger of Richardton; brother, Erv (Marilyn) Kessel of Dickinson; sisters, Ludy Kostelecky of Spokane, WA, Dorothy Kudrna of Dickinson; sisters-in-law, Pauline Kessel, Terry Kessel; grandchildren, Michael, Jamie, Makayla, Jesse; great-grandchildren, Hailey, Raidynn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Otillia Kessel; brothers, Christ “Credo”, Jerome, Frank, John, Ted, Edward; sisters, Katie Steinke, Margaret Koffler and Judy Freed.
Burial Date: January 18, 2019
Funeral Home Dickinson, ND
Funeral Mass: 9:00 a.m., Friday, January 18, 2019, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Dickinson
Rosary and Vigil Service: 6:00 p.m., Thursday, January 17, 2019, Stevenson Funeral Home, Dickinson
Visitation: 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 17, 2019, Stevenson Funeral Home, Dickinson