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James Marion Kissinger service Monday

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Former Liberty Township resident James Marion Kissinger, age 88, of Lake Placid, Florida, died on January 31, 2013.

Jim was born in Culver, Ind., to James and Cynthia Jane (Anderson) Kissinger on March 15, 1924. He was one of nine children including: Irene (Don) Weimer, Wilbur (Helen) Kissinger, Clifford (Virginia ) Kissinger, Dannie Kissinger, Lloyd (Nancy) Kissinger, Marjorie (Russ) Underwood, Janey (Dean) Cernek, and Karl (Julie) Kissinger.

On February 6, 1948, he married Evelyn Geraldine Smith, who preceded him in death in January of 1969. He continued raising his family, tending their land, and working at Inland Steel for over 25 years.

In February 1972 he married Shirley Ann Ehlers bringing their families together.

Jim is survived by his wife, Shirley, and by his children, Dale (Deborah) Kissinger, Gerald (Sandy) Kissinger, Randall (Penny) Kissinger, Kathleen (Jack) Weimer, Greg (Angie) Miller, Daniel (Karen) Kissinger, and Jeffery (Beve) Miller.

He was preceded in death by son Matthew Miller in 1988. He has influenced the life story of his 22 grandchildren, and his 22 great-grandchildren will continue to reap what he has sown.

He graduated from Liberty Twp. High School in 1942. He served honorably in the US Army during World War II where he spent a considerable time in England with 685th Engineer Base Equipment Co.

James’ faith in Jesus was reflected in his generosity with his time and talent as a choir member, deacon and church member at Liberty Bible Church, Chesterton, Ind., before he and Shirley retired to Lake Placid, Fla., in 1994, where he was a member of Placid Lakes Baptist Church.

He found joy in his family, peace in his garden and reward in hard work. He is loved by friends and family across the country and around the world. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Liberty Bible Church for Spring Hills Camp Scholarships.

Visitation will be held in Liberty’s Fireside room on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 7-9 p.m. Services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, February 11. A graveside service will be followed by a luncheon at 12:30 p.m.

Liberty Bible Church is located at 824 N. Calumet Ave., Chesterton, Ind.