Gary P. Kissell

Gary P. Kissell, 82, of Letts, passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, after a brief illness.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 13, 2023, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home.  Pastor Daryl Erickson will officiate. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be the grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the family, in care of Johanna Kissell.  Online condolences may be made at

Gary was born on January 31, 1941, in Columbus, Nebraska, the son of Paul E. and Eleanor J. (Frederick) Kissell. He married Johanna (Jo) Guetzlaff on August 12, 1967, in Minneapolis, MN.

A standout athlete, Gary graduated from Muscatine High School in 1959. He continued his athletic career at Muscatine Community College and Iowa Wesleyan University and also attained his teaching and coaching degree. Gary returned to Muscatine and began his teaching career at West Junior High. Later, he would move to the High School teaching 9th grade history and coaching football and basketball. He retired from teaching after 36 years. Upon retiring from teaching, he owned Kissell Sportcards in downtown Muscatine. He retired from that business in 2019.

Gary enjoyed listening to the Gaithers, sorting sportcards, fishing, and gardening, especially his gladiolus.  He was an avid Chicago Cubs, Green Bay Packers, and Iowa Hawkeyes fan. Gary loved to talk about sports with anyone. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren participate in athletic events.  Most importantly, he loved his family and God.

Gary will be deeply missed by his wife, Jo; three children, Jennifer Howell and her husband, Chris, of Muscatine, Paul Kissell and his wife, Melissa, of Wayland, IA, son, Luke Kissell and his wife, Julie, of Letts; seven grandchildren, Owen Howell, Halle Kissell, Drew Kissell, Ellah Kissell, McKenzie Kissell, Hannah Kissell, and Grace Kissell.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Larry Kissell; and grandson, Mason Kissell.

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