Dr. Jess Kessinger, age 65, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 after a short illness.
He was born Feb. 8, 1947, in Buffalo, Mo., the son of Dr. A.J. (Jack) and Wilma (Butler) Kessinger. He graduated from Neosho High School in 1965 and Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City in 1969. Professionally “Dr. Jess”, as friends and patients affectionately called him, maintained a private practice for 43 years in Missouri.
He was a member of the Missouri State Chiropractic Association (MSCA) and the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). Dr. Kessinger was a member of the First Christian Church of Carthage, the Seeker’s Sunday School Class, and Gideon’s International. He was active in the Jasper County Jail Ministry and a past board member of the Carthage Crisis Center.
Jess married Peggy Foster of Monett on Dec. 26, 1992, and she survives. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Virginia Kessinger of Rolla; two nephews, Dr. Jay Kessinger and wife Joy, of Rolla and Dr. Rob Kessinger and wife, Dr. Christina Kessinger of Cape Girardeau; five great nieces and nephews and one great great nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Dr. Jack Kessinger of Rolla; a sister, Marilyn Schneller and a nephew, Clint Kessinger of Rolla.
Dr. Jess will be greatly missed by his wife and extended family, a host of friends and patients, many of whom remarked during his illness how their lives were changed by his healing hands and his Christian witness. As one friend put it, “One of God’s great warriors has been called back to headquarters.”
Visitation will be held at the First Christian Church, Carthage, on Sunday, Aug. 12, from 2-4 p.m. Services will be held on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the First Christian Church. Pastor David Cook will officiate.
Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. Monday in the IOOF Cemetery, Monett, Mo. Memorial gifts are suggested to the Gideon’s International. Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Knell Mortuary, Carthage, Mo. Online condolences may be expressed through www.knellmortuary.com.