Thursday, February 2, 2006

Gary Wayne Kessinger, 61, Springfield, died in his home Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006. He was born Oct. 9, 1944, in Cassville, the son of Fred and Kathelene (Starkey) Kessinger.

He served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Conflict.

He was united in marriage to Alene Brashers on May 11, 2005, in Carson City, Nev.

His father preceded him in death.

Survivors include: his wife, Alene, of the home; his mother, Kathelene, Springfield; a step- son, Cody Merritt, Billings; a stepdaughter, Ramona Hall and husband SSG Mike, Clarksville, Tennessee; a son, Les Bridgewater, San Antonio, Texas; three daughters, Beteena Paradise, Fort Mead, Md., Wendy Tupper, State of Washington, and Mechelle Bridgewater, San Antonio, Texas; a brother, Robert Kessinger, Springfield;

Memorial services were Saturday in Meadors Funeral Home, Billings, with Revs. Lloyd Heavin and John England officiating. Burial followed in Harrington Cemetery, Republic, with Military Honors, by the Veteran's Memorial Team.