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Kenneth Kessner

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Kenneth "Hoss" Kessner

Great Falls —Kenneth "Hoss" Kessner, 65, passed away surrounded by family members on Sunday, July 31, 2016.

Hoss was born May 18, 1951 in Great Falls, MT. He was raised and attended elementary and junior high school in Great Falls. He then went to Kemper Military School in Missouri, returning back to Great Falls, he graduated from C. M. Russell High School. Upon graduation, he served our country in the U.S. Navy. After his service, he returned and went to work for Cascade County before joining his family's construction business. He finished his career as a utilities foreman with the City of Great Falls.

Anyone who knew Hoss knew that he loved being around people and making them laugh - he always had a joke ready to tell anyone who would listen. Hoss loved country music and loved to sing along. Hoss was a big man, as his nickname implies with an even bigger heart and personality. He felt most at peace in the mountains near Lincoln, MT - a place he retreated to every chance he got.

Hoss is survived by his wife, Terrie Kessner of Great Falls and his four legged canine companion, Bubba; son Chad (Sammy Bernardy) Kessner; daughters Marsha Jones, Jeniffer (Shawn Belk) Elliott, and Kari Jo Schutt; grandchildren Garrett, Sheridan, Hunter Kessner, and Sophia Jensen all of OR, Gabriell, Christian, Kelly Jones all of Great Falls, Kelsie Bjork of AK, Trisha and Bradley Elliott of Great Falls, Cody Elliott of MS, Elyssa Belk of Great Falls, and Ashley and Tyler Schutt of MN; great-grandson Alex Kessner of OR; brother William Kessner of WY; son-in-law Mike Elliott of Great Falls; brothers-in-law Roland Boe and Frank (Shelley) Rossberg all of Great Falls. Even though they were not related by blood, he considered Darren and Kathleen Guilbert and their children, "his granddaughters," Lauren, Allison, and Madison all of Alabama to be his own.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents, Bill and Verla (Mohn) Kessner; brother Joe Kessner, and sister Barbara Kessner Boe.

At Hoss's request, no funeral services are planned. The family will host a memorial service to celebrate his life at a later date.

Condolences for the family may be posted online at
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Aug. 7, 2016
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