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Thomas Kessing

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Interment for Thomas Edward Kessing, 83, of Grass Valley will be at the Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Mr. Kessing died Thursday, Feb. 6, in Auburn.

He was born Sept, 1, 1919, in indianapolis, Ind., to Oliver Owen “Scrappy” and Jane Thompson Moffett Kessing. He graduated from the University of Virginia, Severn Prep School in Annapolis, Md. He served in the U.S. Navy and in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a lieutenant commander. He married Mary Joe Beck May 30, 1945. He worked for the Department of Navy, Bureau of Naval Weapons, Chief of Security and Air Flight Systems Commander in Washington, D.C.

He was a member of the Thomas Jefferson Alumni Society at the University of Virginia and was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Virginia, Knights of Columbus and the National Association of Chiefs of Police. He was an avid chess player, poet and champion tennis and football player in his youth at Severn Prep School and the University of Virginia. He was a teaching tennis pro in Maryland and a supporter of children’s causes.

He is survived by his daughters Mary Jane Georgeson of Nevada City, Kelly Houston of Stirling, Scotland; grandchildren Jon-Eric Hottinger, D.D.S. of Sacramento, Noah Georgeson of San Francisco, Amar Georgeson of Nevada City and Emma and Cathryn Houston of Stirling; brother, Oliver Owen Kessing Jr. of Ft. Myers, Fla.; and sons-in-law Andrew Georgeson of Nevada City and Tom Houston of Stirling. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Joe Kessing, in 1987; son, Thomas E. Kessing in 1970; daughter, Patricia Lee Kessing in 1987; and brother, Jonas Warren Kessing.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Diabetic Foundation. Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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