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Memorial Service

Glines LDS Chapel
Saturday November 20th, 2021

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Donald Kissel

Donald Lee Kissel was born on December 27, 1935 in McCook, Nebraska, to Beryl E. and Marietta “Retta” A. Kissel, and had one older brother, Gary.

Don loved living in his small town of McCook, surrounded by extended family and lifelong friends. He enjoyed playing football in High School.

After Don graduated he joined the Army, where he was stationed in France. He served as a clerk typist, for a time. The skills he developed served him well in his exceptional record keeping at home and with researching and recording his Family History.

Don worked as a Test Board Technician at Central Telephone Company, “Centel”, when he met his future eternal sweetheart, Carolyn. Don courted and asked Carolyn to marry him, which included her 6 children, all living at home. He also had 4 children of his own, Tracy Sue, Gary Lee, Doreen and Karen.

Don had a beautiful voice and sang quite often. He and Carolyn were members of the Centel Singers, performing in numerous community events.

Don was fun loving and gregarious. He enjoyed telling jokes and personal stories of his life. He loved fishing and hunting, working with wood, collecting coins, watching John Wayne movies and reading Louis L’Amour novels.

Don was introduced to the gospel of Jesus Christ through Carolyn, taught by 2 sister missionaries, and at 62 yrs old joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He asked his good friend, Jack Ruppe, to baptize him. Shortly after he and Carolyn retired to Vernal, where they built their dream home in the beautiful Dry Fork Canyon.

They served in the Vernal Temple for many years together and later were called on a mission to Rhode Island where they microfilmed probate records. Don had a strong testimony of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Donald Lee Kissel passed away peacefully in his home Sunday, November 7th, 2021 to join his beloved wife, Carolyn, who recently passed away in May.

Don is survived by his children, Heidi L. Valle (Greg), Carrie J. Ruppe (Scott), Grant Armitage, Kathleen C. Guzman (Richard), Amy L. Armitage, Jesse G. Armitage (Lisa Jorgensen), Tracy, Karen, 25 grandchildren and 52 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother, son, and grandson. What a glorious reunion!

We love you, Don, our beloved Father and Grandpa.
We look forward to being with you again.

Families are Forever!

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Don and I were first cousins. My dad, Carl Palmer, was a sibling of Reta, Don's mom. Our Kansas roots are strong. After they moved to Vernal and we reconnected through my mother's letters to/from Retta, we stopped in and visited Don, Caroline and Aunt Retta several times on our drive between California and Kansas. He was such a warm, sincere guy. I'm so sorry for your loss. Ava Palmer Schaefer

Ava Palmer Schaefer Nov 14 2021 4:16 PM

Don was such a kind man. He took such good care of Carolyn. He will be missed.

Doug and Beth Murphy Nov 12 2021 1:26 PM

I worked with Don for several years at Centel. Yes, we loved to tell jokes, but I believe he loved to laugh even more. RIP my good friend.

Donald Sandquist Nov 12 2021 10:43 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald Kissel

Tiffany Chanthapannha Nov 10 2021 12:57 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald Kissel

kevin van tassell Nov 9 2021 9:29 AM