Richard "Dick" Lawrence Sessler, 82, of Fairfield Glade, passed away peacefully after a long illness. He was born in South Bend, IN. Dick was preceded in death by his father, Stanley Sascha Sessler; mother, Geraldine (Whitinger) Sessler; and brothers, Stanley and Ernest Sessler.
Following an honorable discharge from the Army in 1957, Dick earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Notre Dame University. He married Joyce Lusk in 1961 and in 1964 began his 28 year career heading the Ferris State University Art Department in Big Rapids, MI, where he made his home for over 30 years.
He was a gentle, kind, giving and compassionate man with friends all across the country. He was a master oil painter and pastel artist and creative craftsman with a deep love and respect for all things outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, making many bird hunting trips out west, participating in and chairing the Big Rapids Ducks Unlimited chapter, and having consecutive successful deer seasons in Michigan from the early 1960s until last year. He enjoyed playing golf and tennis, coached baseball and softball for many years and was involved in multiple church activities and committees. Dick was a loving husband, father and friend to all, enjoying nearly 20 years of active life in Fairfield Glade with his wife, where they had many special friends.?He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 56 years, Joyce (Lusk) Sessler; daughter, Jessica Murphy (husband Dan Terpsma) of Grand Rapids, MI; son, Richard (Kristen) Sessler II of Coralville, IA; nephew Stanley (Helene) Sessler III of Irmo, SC; niece Geraldine (Sessler) Colbert and nephew Nicholas Sessler of West Palm Beach, FL; niece Cheryl (Sessler) Brem of Edmond, OK; niece Carol (Brant) Elsberry of Tulsa, OK; and nephew Ernest Sessler of Kansas City, MO.?Dick requested that random acts of kindness be made for others or to a favorite charity. Suggested charities include the House of Hope and Habitat for Humanity. A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Fairfield Glade Community Church on April 14, 2018, at 2 p.m.
Published on March 12, 2018