Kissell, Edward Richard
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Edward Richard Kissell passed away peacefully on March 22 surrounded by his family. He was born on October 7, 1928 in Chicago, grew up in Markham, Illinois, and graduated from Thornton Township High School and was an Eagle Scout. He was married to his grammar school sweetheart and love of his life, La Verne, for 64 years. Ed was a self-starter and adventurer who moved his young family from Illinois, to sunny Covina in 1954. A mechanic by trade, he began working in the packaging industry. While raising five children, he and La Verne started their own company, in their home in 1967. In 1985, he built the building where All-Pack-Co., Inc. continues to operate as a family business.
Ed loved his family and being a true outdoorsman, he often took them camping, boating, fishing, hunting, and golfing. He shared a passion for traveling across the U.S. and seeing the world with his beloved wife. Ed also enjoyed attending his many grandchildren's football, baseball, soccer, hockey games, dance recitals, and other events. He supported his community in the Covina Rotary where he served as president and started the annual Fun Run. Ed was instrumental in the building of the Pony League Baseball field at Hollenbeck Park. He served his Church in the Knights of Columbus for 57 years. He also served his country as a sergeant in the Illinois State National Guard.
Ed is survived by daughters: Kitty Wicks (Rob), Terry Gleason (Craig), Mickey Kissell, and sons: Bill (Cheri) Kissell and Ed (Kari) Kissell, along with 15 grandchildren and 3 great-granddaughters, his sister Ruth Honerkamp of Arizona, and brother, Morton Kissell of Florida. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved this wonderful man.
A funeral Mass will be held on April 27, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, located at 344 W Workman Ave Covina with a reception immediately following at ALL-PACK-CO., 718 Arrow Grand Circle, Covina.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Covina Rotary Fun Run which benefits teacher grants in COUSD and CVUSD and other community projects.
Published in San Gabriel Valley Tribune on Apr. 20, 2013