Delwyn Carl Kessick, of Niles,

Jan. 19, 1931 — Feb. 27, 2018

Delwyn Carl Kessick, 87, of Niles, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, at his home.

He was born on Jan. 19, 1931, in South Bend to the late Royal Franklin and Janette B. (Wasniewski) Kessick.

Delwyn Carl Kessick

Delwyn attended Washington Clay High School and would have graduated with the class of 1949. Instead, he joined the U.S. Navy in 1948. In 1957, he transferred into the U.S. Air Force.

In 1950, while in the Navy, stationed aboard the U.S.S. Midway, he participated in a mini-Olympics with the Greek Olympic Team in Athens, Greece. He won the lightweight and heavyweight weightlifting events.

He married Margaret Spenner in 1957, and to that union, five children were born. They later divorced. Delwyn retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1970, after 22 and a half years of service.

In 1987, he retired from National Standard, Lake St. plant, after 15 years of employment. He married the former Patricia S. Skinner on Aug. 6, 1992.

Delwyn was best known in the Niles area for his coaching contributions, both in Little League Baseball and youth football. Delwyn enjoyed dancing, watching sports on TV, playing video games and golfing. He was a Notre Dame and Oakland Raiders fan. Delwyn loved his family and treasured spending time with them.

He is survived by his daughters, Kristy Kessick of Niles and Kim (Mark) Noack of Coloma; sons, John E. (Laura) Kessick of Niles, Royal F. Kessick of Niles and Kelly J. Kessick of Missouri; step-daughters, Shannon C. Geil and Victoria S. Trent; step-sons, David D. Smart and Darrell P. Smart; seven grandchildren, Justin Noack, Cory Kessick Brittain, Cassy(Devin) Ferguson, John (Brittany) Kessick, Evan (Erica) Kessick, Sarai Grassi and Christopher Trent; three great-grandchildren, Brian, Nora and Amelia; and a sister, Lorraine (William) Riley.

Delwyn was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Patricia; brother, Royal F. Kessick Jr. and a sister Lucille Wisniewski.

A celebration of life luncheon will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the First Church of Christ, 2240 Yankee St. Niles.

Memories of Delwyn may be shared with his family at BrownFuneralHomeNiles.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Niles.

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