AMBOY – William C. “W.C.” Kessel, 85, of Amboy, died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at Dixon Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born June 28, 1932, in Amboy, the son of William T. and Mildred (Conderman) Kessel. Bill was a lifelong farmer, and also had worked at Dixon Correctional Center for 18 years, retiring as a lieutenant. He also was a veteran of the Army, having served during the Korean Conflict. Bill was a member of Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Dixon, Amboy American Legion, Lee County Farm Bureau, Lee County 4-H Board, and Prairie Repose Cemetery Board. He married Joan Meyer on Oct. 17, 1954, in Sterling.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Bernard Kessel.
Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Ann (Steve) Gronlund of Monroe Center; two sons, Dean Kessel of Dixon and Craig (Christine) Kessel of Amboy; six grandchildren, Eric (Maegan) Gronlund, Lisa (Mimmo) Moscato, Gregory Kessel, Jeremy Kessel, Cory (Danielle Jaso) Kessel, and Danniale (Deryke) Gallacher; three great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Kessel, Makai King, and Madison Gronlund; two sisters, Aleta (Fred) Faber of LaMoille and Betty Payne of Walnut; and sister-in-law, Fran Kessel of Amboy.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy. Visitation also will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, and the funeral at 11 a.m. Friday at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2035 state Route 26, in Dixon, with Pastor David Andermann officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon, with Military honors by the Amboy American Legion.
A memorial has been established.
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