Phillip R. Kessie, 59, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at his home surrounded by family.
Born Aug. 27, 1954, in Whitley County, he was the son of Gerald R. and Barbara R. (Amendt) Kessie.
He was a lifetime resident of Whitley County. He graduated from Whitko High School with the Class of 1972, which was the first class to graduate from the new high school. On May 29, 1999, he married Victoria J. Hileman in Columbia City.
He worked on the family farm, at Perkins Furniture Transport, Warsaw, for 16 and a half years and then later at Dalton Corporation, Warsaw, where he retired with 17 years of service. He was a member of United Steelworkers local #6805, Warsaw. He loved living on the farm where he grew up and enjoyed woodworking, hunting, and Nascar races.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Victoria J. Kessie of Columbia City; daughter, Audra (Chad) Marsh of South Whitley; son, P. Jeremy (Rindi) Kessie of South Whitley; stepdaughter Samantha Smith of Waynesboro, Va.; mother, Barbara R. (Amendt) Kessie of Columbia City; sister, Elaine L. (Les) Kreger of Warsaw; brother, Joseph F. (Darci) Kessie of South Whitley; eight grandchildren, Hali, Maryssa, and Danika Kessie and Whitney and Beau Marsh all of South Whitley, Megan and Alyssa Leo of Virginia, and Jessica Zellmar of Bremen; four great-grandchildren; several aunts, uncles, neices and special nephew, Taylor Kessie; and three beloved dogs, Izzi, Lulu, and Sully. He was preceeded in death by his father, Gerald R. Kessie.
Visitation is 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home. Burial will take place at a later date.
Memorials may be given in memory of Mr. Kessie to Whitley County Animal Shelter or Parkview Whitley Hospice. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com  to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.