The Rev. William J. ‘Pastor Bill’ Kiesel

In celebration and with all glory to God, the praises continue … as Bill was reunited with Our Heavenly Father at 12:10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. He was surrounded by the love of his wife and family members. His heroic battle with cancer was fought with much grace and dignity.

Bill was born Sept. 21, 1929, in Tiffin, to Albert and Della Kiesel. The last survivor of his family, Bill had four brothers, Fredrick “Bud” Kiesel, Paul Kiesel, James Kiesel, Jack Kiesel and his only sister Francey Miller, all formerly of Tiffin.

Bill married Janet (Bliss) Kiesel March 29, 1952, in Tiffin, and she preceded him in death. Their children include Sherry (Richard) Legron and Deborah J. (William) Elchert, both of Tiffin, and Lynne (Dutch) Holmer of Republic; a son, William J. Kiesel, also of Tiffin, and Mia (Boyd) Shearer of Columbus.

Bill then married Rose (Schwochow) Kiesel Aug. 10, 2002. His stepdaughters are Diane Nickler of Tiffin, Cheryl Beck of Roscoe, S.D., and Margie Carlton of Ipswich, S.D.

Bill also is survived by seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren with two preceding him in death. Stepgrandchildren include 12 with five stepgreat-grandchildren.

Bill was a sergeant in the U.S Army during the Korean War, serving two tours of duty. He retired from M.J. Brown Inc. He continued his studies in obtaining his license as a pastor and performing many weddings, baptisms and funerals and was non-denominational.

His hobbies included oil paintings, garage sales and visiting regularly with family. He participated in weekly family and friends Bible studies, reviewing the Bible chapter by chapter and verse by verse. He also enjoyed weekly campfires surrounded by family and friends as his children took every opportunity to celebrate their dad. Performing skits and plays, in costume, showing their love and appreciation by reminiscing his life.

The example he set for his children, especially in his golden years, remains unsurpassed. He continuously learned to put God first, then family, forgiveness, working hard, earning your way and being there for each other. His greatest gift to his family, put simply, is that he gave them each other.

Visitation for Bill will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at Engle-Shook Funeral Home and Crematory, 135 N. Washington St., Tiffin.

A special private memorial service will be at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice Center, 181 E. Perry St., Tiffin, or The Shepherd’s Chapel, P.O. Box 416, Gravette, AR 72736-0146.

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