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February 13, 1944 - October 31, 2019

Funeral Service Date
November 8, 2019
Funeral Service Time
11:00 am

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Thomas C. Kessen, 75, passed away into heaven on Oct. 31, 2019, the eve of “All Saints Day”. Tom was Born on 2/13/1944 in Fort Wayne, and was the son of the late John H. & Mildred J. Kessen. Tom attended St. Patrick’s Grade School & graduated in 1962 from Central Catholic High School where he was president of his band class & received numerous music awards in State individual & band competition. Tom excelled & was extremely proficient on the alto & tenor saxaphone & taught music part time @ various elementary & high schools & received his BA in elementary education from St. Francis College in Ft. Wayne & attended Ball State University for 2 years for music. He mentored many aspiring musicians & was everyone’s best friend. Tom was the manager and part owner of Kessen Recreation Center at 2029 Fairfield Ave. in Fort Wayne for 3 years. He also drove his boat to work when he worked as a book keeper for the Sylvan Lake Marina. Tom also had his own dance band called the “Chromatics” & played throughout the Tri-State area & was offered a chance to play in Las Vegas. Tom loved high speed boats & had 3 of his own. Tom also had a passion for hot cars & owned a Pontiac Firebird & pushed the speed range one time to 140 MPH. Tom leaves behind his brothers John J. (Cheri) Kessen and George Kessen, his best friend. Tom was preceded in death by his brother Charles J. Kessen. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am Friday, November 8, 2019 at St. Jude Catholic Church, 2155 Randallia, Fort Wayne with calling from 9:30 am to 11 am. Memorials may be made to Masses, Parkview Behavior Health or Hickory Creek Nursing Home. To sign the online guest book, go to May Tom, “Rest in Peace” in the loving hands of God.

Visitation Information:

Divine Mercy Funeral Home

Phone: 260-426-2044

Address: 3500 Lake Avenue Fort Wayne Indiana, 46805

Visitation Date

Visitation Time

Funeral Service Information:

St. Jude Catholic Church-Fort Wayne

Phone: 260-484-6609

Address: 2155 Randallia Fort Wayne IN, 46805

Service Notes: calling from 9:30 am to 11 am at church

Funeral Service Date

November 8, 2019

Funeral Service Time

11:00 am

Additional Info

calling from 9:30 am to 11 am at church

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