Forrest Leon Kissinger

August 12, 1936January 11, 2021

Forrest Leon Kissinger, 84 of Rossburg, Ohio left this world on January 11, 2021 at the VA Hospital. He was born August 12, 1936 in Darke County, Ohio to Agnes Almerada (Barga) and Forrest Lee Kissinger.

He was a graduate of Bradford High School, class of 1954. Forrest was also a United States Army veteran, having served 4 years, including a tour in Orléans France.

He is survived by his wife of 60+ years Eloise (Spessert). Children are Tammy (Mike) Gross of Anna, Ohio; Todd (Barbara) Kissinger of Rossburg, Ohio; Tim (April) Kissinger of Gettysburg, Ohio; Tina (Frank) Dittman of Blanchard, Oklahoma; Tonya (Caleb) Denlinger of Rossburg, Ohio. Sister Cindy (Bob) Schwab of Russia, Ohio.

He leaves behind 16 grandchildren who thought he could fix anything and hung the moon; 20 great- grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of best friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother Karl Larry Kissinger, and his parents.

He started his career by building houses for Inland Homes of Piqua, then Ideal Builds in Tipp City. Worked at Hobart Bros. and retired from Kimberly Clark of Troy

There will be no viewing. Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio. Online sympathies


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Crystal Barga

January 16, 2021

I dont care where I was Leon always had to stop and chat... He always covered the seat if his pants because we threatened to kick each others butt...He always giggled and told that he was my old cousin, the stories he could tell, the fun we had till we meet again

Doris Aultman

January 16, 2021

Sorry to hear about Leon. He was a good friend.
Larry and Doris Aultman

Cheryl Spessert

January 15, 2021

While living in Tucson, I was working night shift as a nurse. I come home one morning, walked in the front door and looked down the hall into the kid's bathroom. There stood an old man in his whitey tightys, shaving at the sink. I slipped into the kitchen and asked Robert if he was aware??? He told me it was his Uncle Leon who just "showed up" as he had been to California to see his daughter and decided to look us up! Since then, he has retained "adored uncle" status in our family. He remembered us often with phone calls (even when we lived abroad) and our kids have great memories of riding the tractor and picking cherries at his and Aunt Eloise's farm. I have always been amazed that he still had room in his heart for our children even though he had a gaggle of his own grandkids and great grandkids. Like the Grinch, he had a crusty act, but his heart was certainly enlarged! With loving memories.

Geno and Grace Fortkamp and All the “Back 33 Riders”

January 14, 2021

We can’t thank Leon enough for putting up the hitching rails to tie our horses up while we frequented Jackie’s Place. It was always a pleasure to listen to Leon’s stories as we arrived or before we left and he always made sure we knew we were welcome to water the horses while we were there. He will be missed by all of us.

Janice Monnier, Woodward

January 13, 2021

So sorry to hear of his passing. My mom and dad (Lucy and Don Monnier,) and we were such good friends with his family. Prayers and thoughts to all the family. Jan

Kristina Useman

January 12, 2021

Last time I spoke to my grandpa was Christmas. He wanted to see if I was still being rotten lol. On the Christmas card they sent me they wrote that my gift would arive at the beginning of the year. I asked grandpa what that meant and he said "I think grandma is making you pillow cases" well grandma heard him say that and she yelled at him. Saying "You just ruined the surprise" he then tried saving his butt by saying "I think thats what she is doing but I am not sure". Haha I accidentally got him in trouble. It was a good laugh. I didnt think it would be my last time getting him in trouble or laughing at him. I will truely miss you grandpa so much. I hope your still being rotten up there in heaven.

Josh Petitjean

January 12, 2021

Leon sure going to miss talking with you about family history and when you helped dad the year we raised tobacco