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Former Forest Green resident Ralph Gessling passed away July 21, 2014, at his daughter’s home in Columbia. He was 85 years of age.

Ralph Norvel Gessling was born June 2, 1929, in Forest Green, Mo., to Fred and Virgie (Linneman) Gessling. He attended Salem Lutheran Grade School and Salisbury High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and spent three years in the Army Reserves following his wartime service.

Ralph married LaVerne Kottman Feb. 21, 1955, in Salisbury, Mo. She preceded him in death on April 3, 1998. Mr. Gessling was an active member of the Salem Lutheran Church, serving in many capacities. He farmed most of his life in the Forest Green Community. When he lost his mobility, Ralph took up hand embroidering, a talent he learned as a child. Ralph loved being with family and friends and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Mr. Gessling is survived by two sons, Marlin (Tami) Gessling of Columbia and Neil (Pam) Gessling of Fort Worth, Tex.; one daughter, Glenna (Dean) Brucks of Columbia; one sister, Gladys Thompson of Columbia; nine grandchildren, Andrew (Mandy) Gessling, Kendall (Heather) Gessling, Katie Gessling; Eli, Emelia, and Erich Gessling; Lauren, Rachel and Kelsey Brucks; and two great grandchildren, Abigail and Evan.

Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Wendell and a daughter, Renee; and six siblings, Norman, William, Ivan, Olga Borgman, Ruth Gessling and Elaine Terry. Ralph’s brother, Eunas “Pete”, passed away 24 hours after Ralph’s passing.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, July 25th, at Salem Lutheran Church with Pastor Laurence Carlson officiating. Burial with military honors was at Salem Lutheran Cemetery with Steve, Dennis, Andrew, Kendall, Eli, and Erich Gessling serving as pallbearers. Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday evening at the Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home in Glasgow.

Memorials are suggested to the Mid Missouri Lutheran Hospital Ministries in care of the funeral home.

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