James D. Kesselmayer

Sept. 3, 1929-Nov. 13, 2020

James Dale Kesselmayer, age 91, of Holgate passed over on Friday morning, Nov. 13, 2020, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Toledo.

His legacy … Jim was the youngest child born Sept. 3, 1929, to Irvin Henry “Boots” and Kathryn (Barth) Kesseelmayer in Holgate. After graduating from Holgate High School in 1947 he enlisted into the Marines and served in the Korean Conflict. On Nov. 23, 1990, he married Clementina “Tina” in McKellen, Texas.

He was employed by McDonald Construction for 35 years. James was the Holgate Volunteer Fire Chief from 1981-2008. He was a life-long member of the New Bavaria V.F.W., Defiance V.F.W. and the American Legion. Jim was confirmed and was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Holgate. Jim’s passion was the Holgate Volunteer Fire Department, serving 54 years, 27 of those years as fire chief from 1981-2008.

His family … He is survived by his wife of 20 years Tina; children, Scott (Nancy) Kesselmayer, Maumee, Toni (Butch) Clark, Bellville, Brian Kesselmayer, Bellville and Phillip (Leta) Kesselmayer, Holgate; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Reverend Darwood Kesselmayer, Peoria, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his son James “JD” Kesselmayer Jr.; a grandson Gerald Kesselmayer; and siblings, Janice, Norma, Darrel “Doie” and Donald “Bud.”

His farewell services … Friends will be received in St. John’s Lutheran Church, Holgate, on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The Celebration of Jim’s life will be private. Due to health concerns; a mask is required, social distancing is encouraged and the number of visitors will be regulated at any given time for admittance. A military/fire service burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Holgate at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Contributions in Jim’s memory can be made to Holgate Volunteer Fire Department, St. John’s Lutheran Church or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

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