George Kesseler

Kesseler, George J, C.L.U., 83, of East Lansing, Michigan, died June 1, 2017.  
He lived with pancreatic cancer for over two years.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Nancy (Caris); his parents, George Jerome and Loretta Helena (Sorenson) Kesseler; and a brother, Thomas Kesseler.
George is survived by his children: Karyen (George) Lipscomb, and Kevin Kesseler, PhD; grandchildren: Alexia, Lea, and Steven Lipscomb; longtime companion, Ruth Uhl; brothers, Roger (Phylis) Kesseler, and Jim (Rosalie) Kesseler; sister-in-law, Georgia Kesseler, sister-in-law Mary K. (Jerry) Gray; as well as many nieces and nephews. 
George was a 1951 graduate of Grayling High School and a 1959 College of Business graduate of Michigan State University.  From October 1952 until 1955 he served as a “spy” (U.S. Army Security Agency cryptographer) during the Korean conflict and then in Arlington Hall with the National Security Agency.  George was a businessman selling insurance, securities, and real estate until his retirement.
A member of Asbury United Methodist Church for more than 50 years, George served on Building, Trustees, and Staff-Parish Relations committees, as well as Council Board and Foundation Board.  He was also an adult advisor to Methodist Youth Fellowships, Asbury United Men’s Club President, and Asbury Men’s Club Program Chairman, as well as chief cook at various times.  George was also a member of Bird Dog Club, a salesman’s club which pointed out leads.
A memorial service will be held June 24th at 11 a.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church, 2200 Lake Lansing Rd, Lansing, MI.
George’s family thanks Sparrow Health and Hospice for their care, as well as many helpful neighbors and friends during his illness.  Memorial contributions can be made to Asbury United Methodist Church or to the charity of your choice.
The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Chapel.  On line condolences may be made at

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