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John (Jack) F. Kissinger, last of Rockford Illinois, was born on May 22, 1931 in Algona, Iowa. On July 19th 2018, at age 87, he passed peacefully at home in the loving presence of his children. He was the only child of Fred and Hilda Margaret Kissinger. Jack married Peggy Sue Burgard in 1953 at the Church of the Brethren in Dixon Illinois. After 63 wonderful years together, Peggy predeceased Jack in 2016. The couple is survived by their children: Lon, Seattle, WA; Rodney, Las Vegas, NV; and Marla (Kissinger) Fox, San Francisco, CA.
In youth, Jack helped out on the family farm, raising pigs, pitching hay, and winning a few 4H ribbons. Jack graduated from Chester High School in North Manchester Indiana. He enjoyed sports (winning high jump and basketball competitions), theater, and music (as a vibraphone player). He received a B.S. in business from Manchester College, IN and pursued post-graduate work at Purdue University. At Manchester, among other things, Jack emceed a college radio show, lettered in track and had the good fortune to meet his future wife, Peggy Sue Burgard. Jack served in the Korean War with the United States Army. Peggy and Jack enjoyed a brief residence in Hawaii during this time. Jack joined J.L. Clark Manufacturing in 1955, where, for 39 years, he directed corporate and local human resources at facilities in Rockford IL and Lancaster PA. Jack and Peg started their family in Rockford in 1957, eventually having all three children there. The family moved to Lancaster PA in 1967. Jack and Peg returned to Rockford in 1979. Jack loved golf and played bridge to please Peg. They attended Highland Presbyterian Church in Lancaster and Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rockford. Jack's wife and children were the center of his life. Jack led camping and hiking trips to instill his love of the outdoors in his children. He supported his kids' involvement in scouting, sports, art, theater, and music. Through family vacations to historic places, Jack taught his kids our country's history. Jack actively participated in educating his children, including financing college. This led to successful careers in science (Lon), education (Rod), and business (Marla). Throughout life, Jack's sound advice and love were always available to his kids. Upon entering a well-planned and comfortable retirement, Jack and Peg frequently visited their children, enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and the fun of Las Vegas shows and casinos.
In their final years, Jack and Peg were fortunate to have had several excellent care providers. However, the family offers particularly deep thanks to Mary Stahl for the four years of loving care she provided to Jack, Peg, and our family as a whole.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 AM on Saturday, July 28th, 2018 at Westminster Presbyterian Church located at 2821 N. Bell School Rd, Rockford, IL 61107. The family encourages donations to Westminster Presbyterian Church in lieu of flowers. https://westminsterchurch.cc/give/

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  1. Rev Ernest Gardner

    May the Grace and Peace of Jesus Christ guard your hearts and minds and bring you Peace. Pastor Ernest

  2. Tom Smith

    Jack was a cousin.I used to go to his farm in the summer and we had many happy times together. We were the same age. I remember both of us sleeping with his pigs at the county fair and the many hours fishing in the creek near their place. He was a special cousin. HUgs and long to you Lon and the rest of the family. Tom and Mildred Smith

  3. Catherine Ressler

    Thank you for letting us know. We hadn't been in touch much lately. I am a cousin originally from Rochester, IN, and while growing up our families were often together. My Dad and Jack's mother Margaret were brother and sister. I am sorry we can't come to the funeral service. Catherine Ressler

  4. Diane White Harold

    Lon, I want to thank you for let me know. I'm so sorry for your, Rod and Marla loss. I wish we could gotten to know one other better. As a child I thought the world of Jack. I will let my brother Gary know of the loss of your father, I'm sure he would want me to send his and his wife Roma condolences as well as my own. Sincerely, Diane Harold


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