Kussman, Paul Louis
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Paul Louis Kussman, 66, passed peacefully into God's arms on Friday, March 1, 2013, after a short courageous battle with cancer. He was born November 7, 1946 in Chicago, IL, the son of Louis H. and Katherine (Seidl) Kussman. He grew up in Melrose Park, IL until joining the Navy in 1965.
Paul served two tours of duty with the SeaBees in Vietnam, followed by duty on the U.S.S. William R. Rush destroyer in the Mediterranean and North Atlantic. He belonged to American Legion Post #377 of Post Lake, WI.
On January 15, 1972, he married the love of his life, Barbara L. Walesh, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Two Rivers. They made their home in Illinois, where Paul worked for Illinois Bell Telephone Company as a cable splicer technician until his retirement. The family then moved to Wisconsin in 1994.
He was most proud of creating a large loving family. He loved the outdoors, riding his motorcycle, and sitting at the beach with his wife, enjoying the peace and ever-changing moods of Lake Michigan. Most of all, he loved spending many happy hours with his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife Barbara of 41 years, he is survived by his six favorite children: Louis Kussman and his fiancee, Jenny Homesley of St. Charles, IL; Martha Randall of Sycamore, IL; Theresa (Jeff) George of Aurora, IL; Virginia "Ginger" (Scott) Bohman of Francis Creek, WI; Elizabeth (Curt) Arkens of Mishicot, WI; Dianna (Dave) Biely of Two Rivers, WI; 13 grandchildren: Kylee and Travis Randall; Gretchen and Julianna George; Taylor, Sydney, and Grasyn Bohman; Wyatt, Carson, and Porter Arkens; Cole and Beau Biely; and Bella Homesley. He is also survived by his sister Mary Lou Ball of Elk Grove Village, IL; numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and best friend, Frank Croschere of Surprise, AZ.
He now joins his parents and two brothers, Lenny and Bobby Kussman; father-in-law and mother-in-law Russel and Salome (Sally) Walesh; and sister-in-law Kris Walesh who preceded him in death.
His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 11:00 AM at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, Two Rivers, where full military rites will be accorded by V.F.W. and American Legion Posts of Two Rivers. Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be the Rev. Tom Reynebeau with burial of the cremated remains to take place at Holy Cross Cemetery, Two Rivers at a later date.
The family will greet relatives and friends from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Monday, March 4, 2013 at Klein and Stangel Funeral Home, Two Rivers. A prayer service will be held at 7:30 PM, led by Sr. Pat Touhey. The visitation will continue from 9:30 AM until 10:45 AM on Tuesday morning, March 5, 2013 at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, Two Rivers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be used to support the missionary efforts in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family by visiting www.kleinandstangel.com.
The Klein & Stangel Funeral Home and All-Care Cremation Center of Two Rivers is assisting the Kussman family with arrangements.
The family would like to extend many thanks to Doctors Matthew Campbell and Mansoor Shariff who worked tirelessly to diagnose his illness, Doctor Jerry Winkler and staff at the Cancer Care Center of Holy Family and very special thanks to Holy Family Memorial Hospice who were the "angels" guiding Paul in his journey.
Klein & Stangel Funeral Home
1420 22nd Street
Two Rivers, WI 54241
Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter on Mar. 3, 2013