Ivan Earl Gessling, 73, of rural Marshall, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 28, 2011, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Saline City. Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Burial with military rites will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in Saline City. Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church or American Heart Association. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born Aug. 30, 1937, in Forest Green, he was the son of the late Fred Gessling and Virgie Linneman Gessling. He was a graduate of Salisbury High School. On Oct. 27, 1963, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Saline City, he married Gladys Borgman who survives of the home. He served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1962. He had worked at Standard Havens in Glasgow for 15 years and was a farmer. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and served numerous positions within the church. He was a volunteer for the Arrow Rock Fire Department.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Dennis Gessling and his wife, Chrissy, of rural Slater; one daughter, Judith Reith and her husband, Rusty, of Marshall; four grandchildren, Chris Parker, John Parker, Cody Gessling and Emily Reith; one sister, Gladys Thompson of Columbia; two brothers, Ralph Gessling of Columbia and Eunas (Pete) Gessling and his wife, Mae Etta, of Moberly; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Allen Dean Gessling, three sisters, Ruth Gessling, Elaine Terry and Olga Borgman; two brothers, Norman Gessling and Bill Gessling; one niece, Renee Gessling; and one nephew, Wendell Gessling.
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