Donald Philip Kesslring, 86, of Belle Plaine passed away at The Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine on Saturday, September 21, 2019.
Internment will be at Fort Snelling National Veterans Cemetery of Minnesota.
Donald was born September 29, 1933 in Underwood, North Dakota to Otto and Alma (Weber) Kesselring. He grew up on a sprawling farm near Underwood, ND along with seven siblings. He attended schools in the Underwood area and graduated from high school there in May of 1951.
After attending college for one year, he enlisted into the U.S. Navy in 1953 where he would serve eight years, being honorably discharged in 1961.
He took the mechanical skills he learned in the Navy plus those from the farm, and went to work for Boeing Aircraft of Seattle, WA.
He later returned to the midwest and was employed by Hallet Construction as a planner and maintenance supervisor for the remainder of his work life in jobs across Minnesota.
Don enjoyed traveling in his Winnebago throughout the U.S. and Mexico and was well versed on geography.
He has resided in Belle Plaine for the past 16 years. His most recent address was Cardinal Ridge Apartments for the past 10 years. Don was a constant source of information and storytelling there.
He was a master at growing tomatoes, loved classical music, enjoyed a good cup of espresso, while he continued his learning of the habits and needs of his favorites “humming birds.” He was proud of his family and his German heritage.
Don will be missed by all who enjoyed his company and wit.
He is survived by brother, Douglas; and sisters, Marge, Judy and Beverly.
Don is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Marilyn and Carol; and brother Michael.