John Charles Kessinger of Bainbridge, Ind., went to be with our Lord and Savior Jan. 25, 2018. He was born May 27, 1937 to John C. and Faye Van Hook Kessinger. He married Margaret (Tippin) Oct. 14, 1956. She survives. Survivors also include daughters Susie (David) Trinkle of Naples, Fla. Deborah (Curtis) Rhea of Greeneville, Mo., sons; Bryan (Kim) Kessinger of Crawfordsville, Ind., Kevin (Debra) Kessinger of Waynetown, Ind., 15 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son, John C. Kessinger III of Rosedale, Indiana, and sisters Margaret Teshima of Gallup, NM, and Anna Belle Oilar of Lafayette, Ind..
John was a 1955 graduate of Roachdale High School, Roachdale, Indiana. He was a past President of the Roachdale Alumni, Bainbridge B15, as well as past President of BIS. He was a skilled gardener and was a member of the Master Gardener Association of Putnam County. He was a gospel singer, singing in many churches over his lifetime. He also enjoyed fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren.
John began farming during his senior year in high school and farmed the land of what is now Heritage Lake. He then farmed several years for the James Risk family. He attended Railroad Communication School in Kansas City, KS., then worked for Wabash Railroad as a Station Agent from Rock Island, Ill., to Altonna, Iowa. He worked for the Tri-County Phone Company in New Richmond, Indiana, and Alcoa in Lafayette, Ind. John was also a minister and preached at several churches in Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri. John and his wife, Margaret, started Kessco Water, LLC in 1983 as a family business. They retired in 2016.
John was a member of a Roachdale Christian Church. He and Margaret were missionaries in Puerto Rico and made several mission trips to Costa Rica with the Woodland Heights Christian Church in Crawfordsville, Ind.
Funeral service were Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at Roachdale Christian Church in Roachdale, Ind., with Pastor Berry Tucker officiating. Burial followed in Portland Mills Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Gospel of Asia, 1116 St. Thomas Way, Wills Point, Texas 75169. You are invited to visit www.serviesmorgan.com where you may leave an online condolence for the family. Servies & Morgan Funeral Home, Roachdale, Indiana has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.