Gene E. "Beno" Kessman

March 21, 1931 - October 15, 2016
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Gene E. “Beno” Kessman, 85, passed on Saturday evening, October 15. Born March 21, 1931, in Worden, Illinois, the son of Frederick and Henrietta Kessman. Married Doris Lee Owens on May 26, 1967. He served life caring about his many friends; served his country by serving in the U. S. Army in Korea. Military honors received include Army of Occupation Medal (Japan), Korean Service Medal with two Bronze stars, United Service Medal Combat Infantry Badge, One Overseas Bar and National Defense Service Medal.  He was a member of the American Legion and the Veteran of Foreign Wars and was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belvidere, Illinois. Devoted to his work of 71 years for Cassens Transport, the longest tenure in the company’s history. Instrumental in the design and development of auto transports and training of dozens of future drivers. A generous person always willing to help and a friend to everyone he met. Beno is survived by his wife Doris Lee of nearly fifty years, step-sons, Terry (Pam) and Tom (JoAnne) Owens; grandchildren, Joshua and Jacob (Lindsay) Owens; great- grandchildren, Chase and Lucy Owens; sisters, JaNette (Jack) Minner and Gloria (Lynn) Perry; sister- in-law, Gerry Kessman; and several nieces and nephews. Loved ones that have passed before are parents, Frederick and Henrietta Kessman; brother, Joyce Kessman; nephew, Scott Nelson; and great-grandchild, Elsa.

A celebration of Beno’s life will be held at, 11:00 A.M, Friday, October 21, with a visitation at 10:00 A.M. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1045 E. Belvidere, IL with Reverend Allan Buss officiating. A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, October 20, at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave, Belvidere, IL 61008. Burial will be at Belvidere Cemtery. Memorials may be made to the OSF St. Anthony Foundation in care of the Hematology Center or Immanuel Lutheran Church.  To light a candle or share a condolence, please visit www.AndersonFCS.com.

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Pending with Anderson Funeral and cremation Services: Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Chapel

Address:

218 W. Hurlbut, Belvidere, IL, 61008

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A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, October 20, at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave, Belvidere, IL 61008.


Service Information

Date: Friday, October 21, 2016

Time: 11:00 am -

Immanuel Lutheran Church

Address:

1045 Belvidere Road, Belvidere, IL, 61008

A celebration of Beno’s life will be held at, 11:00 A.M, Friday, October 21, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1045 E. Belvidere, IL with Reverend Allan Buss officiating.


Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, October 21, 2016

Belvidere Cemetery

Address:

1121 N Main St., Belvidere, IL, 61008

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Burial will be at Belvidere Cemtery.


Memorial Information

Memorials to the family.


 

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Born: March 21, 1931
Died: October 15, 2016

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Michael Czajka posted on 5/26/17

Beno was a great friend to all who knew him , RIP Beno

 

Kathy Morelock (wedel) posted on 11/1/16

Dear Doris and family i am so sorry for your loss i only knew him when i was younger and you were our neighbors but he was always nice to me God bless you and the family.

 

Bert George posted on 10/28/16

My sincere deepest sympathy to "Beno"s family and friends. Would see them at church and having fun times with friends. What a full adventurous life he lead; with our Lord by his side. Bert {Pierce} George; FL

 

Thomas Fife posted on 10/20/16

I worked with both Beno and his brother Joyce at Cassens Transport. Beno was a great person and enjoyed chatting with him at both terminals and was on the road. I was proud to be a friend of his. So sorry for your loss. I'm sure he will be truly missed.

 

Mary Jenkins posted on 10/20/16

I am very sorry to learn of Beno's passing. My dad was Paul Jenkins and he was the Transportation Manager at Cassens Transport for many years. Dad considered Beno a friend and Beno often came to our house to visit. I remember those visits and I often think of Beno. It was a highlight of the day when he stopped by to visit. He was a very warm and friendly and caring man. I hope he and Dad are getting re-acquainted.

 

James Crum posted on 10/20/16

So sorry to hear of the passing of Beno. I have always cherished Mrs. Kessman how you and Beno always welcomed me into your house. God Bless

 

Patricia Scherf posted on 10/19/16

So sorry to read about Beno and so glad I got to talk to him on last Wednesday. He will be missed. Praying for the family.

 

Gloria Ernst Heigert staunotn il posted on 10/19/16

My sympathy to Beno's family & Joyce's. I grew up next to Joyce & Jerry.. RIP Gene

 

Pam Robertson Ripplinger posted on 10/18/16

Although I did not know Beno, I know my late father and late husband both enjoy him. So sorry for your loss.

 

Marcia Schultz posted on 10/18/16

I will miss you my birthday twin. It was so much fun trying to one up each other every year.

 

Ang Daniels posted on 10/18/16

So sorry for your loss Beno was one of a kind the good kind. He always had a smile and only good things to say. He will surely be missed.

 

Emma Wiggins posted on 10/18/16

Beno is going to be missed by me because when I started Damage Prevention Training he told me to call him any time I needed his help and I did and he was always there for me.

 

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