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Celebration of Life

Wakefield Fire Department
Saturday October 30th, 2021

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Arthur Robert "Rob" Kessinger

Arthur Robert “Rob” Kessinger, 80, went to be with his Lord and Savior on October 6, 2021, with his loving wife by his side.

Born January 15, 1941, in Charleston, WV to Arthur Henry and Buella Light Kessinger, Rob married his soulmate, Gloria Carte in 1958 and moved to Wakefield in 1963. He retired from Rob’s Automotive, his self-owned mechanic business in 1998, and was a lifetime member of the Wakefield Volunteer Fire Department.
Rob was preceded in death by his parents, two of his sons A. Robert Kessinger, Jr and Michael Allen Kessinger, and six of his siblings, Ruth Gale, Hazel, Chester, Ella Mae, Raymond, and Wilma Christine.

He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Gloria Kessinger; brothers Kenneth (Mary) and Dale; son John Paul Kessinger, Daughter in law Winnie Kessinger Umphlett (Billy); grandchildren Arthur “Benji” Barnes, Amber Kessinger Wells (Robbie), Kristin Leigh Kessinger, Michael Kessinger and Robert “Will” Bigwood (Candice); great grandchildren RJ, Stephany, Christina, Brianna, Cameron, Jacob, Peyton, Madelyn and Josilyn; great-great granddaughter Arianna, and numerous close friends he considered his family.

Known to many as Papa, Rob had a passion for spending time with his family and friends, antique cars, wood working and the Wakefield Volunteer Fire Department. He had a quick wit and was always ready with a story or a joke. You could find him most days of good weather on his back deck, pocketknife, and a piece of wood in hand and a cup of black coffee by his side.

A celebration of life is being held Saturday, October 30th at 2pm at the Wakefield Volunteer Fire Department. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Wakefield Fire Department in Rob’s memory. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home, Wakefield Chapel is serving the family. Condolences may be posted at RWBakerFH.com.

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A candle was lit in memory of Arthur Kessinger

Martha Hennessee Oct 9 2021 4:21 PM

Mike and Family, very sorry for your loss and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Be blessed. -Darryl Johnson Jr./Hawaii

Darryl Johnson Jr Oct 9 2021 3:05 PM

There aren't enough words to describe how I feel about Rob. I met him years ago when I was looking for a babysitter for my daughter who was six months old and went to he and Gloria's house to see if they could keep Jennifer for me. Needless to say they instantly fell in love with her. The only thing I remember Rob saying to me was "you better bring lots of clothes for her as Gloria will be changing her outfits all the time lol." And he was right. Never have two people treated my children as their own as Gloria and Rob. They were and are wonderful people. Salt of the earth. Rob will be greatly missed by family, friends and his whole community. A great man. Love him so much!!!

Rebecca P Griffin Oct 9 2021 10:16 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Arthur Kessinger

Skyler Sonnet Oct 9 2021 8:08 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Arthur Kessinger

Chuck Bohatec Oct 9 2021 7:32 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Arthur Kessinger

Rose Atkins Stalnaker Oct 8 2021 10:07 PM

I met Rob and Gloria when my brother Jack, married her sister Sandy. My family stayed with them when we came to Wakefield to see Jack and Sandy. Those are days I will always remember, good friends and family. Rob will be greatly missed. Condolence to Rob's family. Sending love to all of his family.

Janet L Martin Oct 8 2021 9:11 PM

Papa was like a grandfather to me. My memories will keep him in my heart forever. He babysit myself, Stumpy and Doris, Josh , Cody, Jackson and Jayla. He was loved so much by all. Jesus has him in his heavenly hands. Love you Papa❤️

Rose Bailey Oct 8 2021 6:20 PM

Robert and Gloria both were very nice and sincere to me,thank you both.

Kathryn DAUGHTREY Oct 8 2021 5:57 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Arthur Kessinger


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