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Charles Thomas. Retired Naval Commander Charles Thomas Kessing passed away peacefully at the age of 88 on December 30, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. Charles was born June 27, 1925 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was the son of Charles Clements Kessing and Ellen Marie Hart, of Cincinnati Ohio. Charles was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was a graduate of the US Naval Academy ('50) and proudly served his country in World War II and the Korean War. After retiring from active duty, Charles and Rosemarie started raising their family in Cincinnati and in 1963 moved to Buffalo New York where he resided until eventually moving to San Antonio in 1994 to be close to his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his three sisters, Elizabeth Ann Steffen and Mary Eileen Schmalle of Cincinnati and Patricia Jean Crouse of Tempe, Arizona, his five daughters, Amy Kessing O'Neil, Molly Kessing Dupnick, Susan Kessing O'Brien of San Antonio, Nancy Kessing Prior and Jennifer Kessing Wienecke of Houston and one son, Thomas Craig Kessing of Aiken, South Carolina. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Rosemarie Eckert Kessing, brother, John W. Kessing, sister, Helen Kessing, and son, Jonathan Adam Kessing. Charles leaves the legacy of service to God, family, and country to his nineteen grandchildren and his two great grandsons. He was proudly known as the ancient mariner and granddaddy to all. He will forever be remembered for his open heart and home. Granddaddy, you are all of our sunshines. MEMORIAL SERVICE: THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2014, 10:30 A.M. OUR LADY OF LOURDES CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2832 ROSEBUD. Interment to follow at St. Joseph New Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fisher House Foundation. You are invited to sign the Guestbook at www.porterloring.com. Arrangements with PORTER LORING MORTUARY NORTH, 2102 NORTH LOOP 1604 EAST, SAN ANTONIO, TX 78232 - (210) 495-8221
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Jan. 12, 2014