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Thomas R. Kissinger, 84, Goshen, died at 6 p.m. Friday, June 16, at Elkhart Hospice House.
He was born March 30, 1933, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Thomas and Jessie (Gustafson) Kissinger.
He married Mary Lou (Schmitz) Kissinger in August 1955.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Lou Kissinger, Goshen, sons, Tom Kissinger, Charlotte, North Carolina, Lou (Diane) Kissinger, Mokena, Illinois, Doug (Patty) Kissinger, Ozark, Missouri, Ted (Sarah) Kissinger, Terre Haute, and Larry (Kelly) Kissinger, Goshen; 18 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a brother, Bob Kissinger, and sister, Betty Kugel Fregin, both of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Thomas served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, with the 82nd Airborne Division for two years and was discharged in 1961.
He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a teaching degree and received a master's degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
A lifelong educator, he worked as a teacher for the Illinois State Board of Education and for the Spoon River Junior College. Thomas held many odd jobs in retirement, including Goshen School and Mishawaka Marian as a bus driver and in laundry service and ticket sales at Goshen High School athletic events. He loved watching high school athletic events, offered much advice to the officials and had become one of the RedHawks biggest fans.
He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and American Legion Post 1977 in New Lenox, Illinois.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 23, at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St., Goshen.
A funeral Mass will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 24, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Goshen, with Father Royce Gregerson officiating.
Burial will be at a veteran's cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Alcoholics Anonymous, 949 Middlebury St., Elkhart, IN 46516.
Visit www.rrefh.com to share online condolences with the family.
Published on June 20, 2017
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