John F. Kissel DDSMarch 10, 1929 ~ October 30, 2017 (age 88)
John F. Kissel, DDS, 88, of Streator passed away peacefully Monday, October 30, 2017 at his son’s home in Jacksonville, Florida where he had been residing for the last year.
Funeral services will be at 12:00 P.M. Friday, November 24, 2017 at the Solon-Telford Funeral Home, Streator.
Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. until the time of services Friday, November 24, 2017 at the Solon-Telford Funeral Home, Streator.
Born March 10, 1929 in Ottawa he was the son of John F. Kissel and Anne Kelly. He married his “little love” Betty J. Bennett on October 22, 1951. She preceded him in death on March 21, 2011.
He is survived by sons, Joseph (Karen) Kissel of Jacksonville, Florida and Ben (Sharon) Kissel of Bloomington; grandchildren, Bryan (Tara) Kissel of Grapevine, Texas, Kevin (Greta) Kissel of Grapevine, Texas, Steven (Lindsay) Kissel of San Antonio, Texas, Molly Kissel of Tempe, Arizona, Emily Kissel of Scottsdale, Arizona and John Kissel of Miami, Florida; great grandchildren, Jacob, Chase, Lacey, Adelyn, Zachary, Edison and Emerson Kissel; brothers, Donald “Gus” (Marge) Kissel of Springfield and Robert (Bebe) Groter of Wyoming.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
Born and raised in Ottawa he attended St. Columba and St. Francis grade schools and graduated from St. Bede Academy where he also played football. He later graduated from the University of Illinois and the University of Illinois Dental School.
He was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps having served in Korea. He was also a member of the exclusive fraternity “The Chosin Few”, an honor given to those Marines that survived the 1950 battle at the Chosin Reservoir.
He began practicing dentistry in Streator in 1958 and practiced for over 35 years retiring in 1996.
He was a member of the former St. Anthony Church and currently belonged to St. Michael the Archangel Church.
He was a long time member of the Streator Country Club, Msgr. George A. Dzuryo Knights of Columbus Council # 790. He was also a very active member of the Streator Elks Lodge #591 where he served as Past Exalted Ruler and Past District Deputy. He served as a volunteer with the United Way and was a patron of Engle Lane Theater. He was also a member and Past President of the Illinois Valley Dental Society and a life member of the Illinois State Dental Society.
An avid golfer, he was able to make two holes in one during his golfing career, one at the Streator Country Club and one at Lake Kiowa Country Club in Texas.
He enjoyed all types of competitive sports and games and was especially fond of challenging his grandchildren and great grandchildren to games of cards, darts, or whatever was available. Two of his favorite saying were “put it in the bucket.” and “that was a good one…”
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the March of Dimes or the United Way.
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