Allen Dean Gessling, 26, of rural Slater, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2003, in Boone County, as the result of an automobile accident.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marshall. Rev. Mark Hass will officiate. Pallbearers will be Mike Jewell, Robbie O'Bryan, Derek Davis, Ashley Page, Brian Hager and Kyle Fiene. Honorary pallbearers will be Dennis Gessling, Ken Kurtz and Heath Springston. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in Saline City. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Allen Gessling Scholarship Fund.
Born June 28, 1977, in Fayette, he was the son of Ivan Gessling and Gladys Borgman Gessling, who survive of rural Slater. On May 27, 2000, he married Heather Michelle Springston, who survives of the home. He had lived in rural Slater his entire life and was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in rural Slater. He worked at Kays Engineering in Marshall as a mechanical drafting engineer. He was a 1995 graduate of Slater High School and a 1999 graduate of Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, where he received a bachelor of science degree in drafting technology and an associate of science degree in drafting technology and architecture. He was a member of Slater FFA and received his American Farmer degree in 1996. He had been a member of the National Honor Society and Slater High School band. He was also an organ donor.
Additional survivors include one brother, Dennis Gessling and wife Chrissy of rural Slater; one sister, Judith Norris of Napton; two nephews, Chris and John Parker of rural Slater; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jim and Phyllis Springston of rural Slater, formerly of Belton; brother-in-law, Heath Springston of Independence; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Additional information provided per family recompense.