Richard H. (Dick) Kessinger, 91, of Quartzsite, Ariz. and a former Bickleton resident passed away Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, in Blythe, Calif.

He was born Dec. 25, 1913 in Delta, Colo. He grew up in the Grand Junction and Fruita area of Colorado and graduated from Fruita Union High School. On March 30, 1935 Dick married Evelyn Arlene Long. They would have celebrated 70 years of marriage this year. They lived and farmed in the Loma and New Liberty area in Colorado until 1942, when they moved to Oregon City, Ore., where he worked in the shipyards during World War II. In 1944 they moved to Bickleton, where Dick owned and operated the Bickleton Garage for the next 35 years. Dick and Evelyn retired to Quartzsite, where they enjoyed the desert life and where they lived until his death.

He was a member of the Bickleton I.O.O.F. Lodge and was active in community affairs. He was a member and officer of the Volunteer Fire Department. He was instrumental in the acquisition of an ambulance and fire trucks for that remote community.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Kessinger; two sons, Richard Arden Kessinger and James Gary Kessinger and wife, Gina Bernero; one granddaughter, Lisa; three great-grandchildren; three sister-in-laws, Martha Kessinger of Maryland and Alta Kessinger of Colorado and Norma Jean (Long) Rogers and husband, Clyde, of Spokane; one brother-in-law, Albert E. Long and wife, Jean (Read) of Yuma, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Lannie Rae; three brothers, Bob, Fred and Stanley; and one sister, Esther Steffans.

No memorial services were held at his request.

Frye Chapel and Mortuary, Blythe, Calif., was in charge of arrangements.


Raul C. Molina, 55, of Mount Vernon passed away Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, at his home, with family by his side.

He was born July 1, 1949 in Port Lovac, Texas to Rafael and Paula Molina.

He is survived by his wife, Elvira; his mother, Paula; children, Raul, Jr., Nora, David, Christina and Chriselda; 13 grandchildren; two daughters-in-law; and one son-in-law.

Raul is off to join his awaiting family in Heaven.

Viewing will be held Friday, Feb. 25, 2005, from 2 p.m. until the Rosary at 7 p.m., at Hawthorne Funeral Home in Mount Vernon. Funeral mass will be held Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, at 1 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with burial to follow at Hawthorne Memorial Park.

Arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home, 1825 E. College Way, Mount Vernon.


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