Daniel Joseph Kiessel, 70, passed away peacefully at home July 1, 2017 after a long illness. He was born May 19, 1947 in Lake Leelanau to Carl Rufus Kiessel and Viola Mary Reicha.
Dan married his high school sweetheart, Gale M. Poulin, on June 15, 1968 at St. Mary's Church in Lake Leelanau.
Dan's greatest joy was his family and friends, especially his grandchildren.
He worked as a machinist most of his life and enjoyed officiating many of the sports played in the Grand Traverse area. He was active in the UAW and United Way. Dan was very instrumental in getting the Blood Mobile started in the Grand Traverse region and served as its first co-chairman.
Dan is survived by his wife, Gale; daughter, Lisa (Mike) Byrne, of Novi; son, Jeff (Michelle) Kiessel, of Ludington; grandchildren, Abby, Quentin, Adeline and Ava Byrne, Sydney and Norah Kiessel; sister, Florence Bowlby, of Livonia; brother, Bud (Gerri) Kiessel, of Surprise, Arizona; brother-in-law, James Poulin, of Traverse City; and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Ruth Earl and Joann (Dick) Anderson; brother-in-law, Dr. James Bowlby; mother-in-law, Clara (Don) Crain; and sisters-in-law, Karen Annis and Bonnie Shea.
Dan's family wants to thank everyone who helped in his care.
Per Dan's wishes, cremation has taken place and the family will celebrate his life privately.
Those who wish to honor his memory may do so by making a donation to Hospice of Michigan, Area Agency on Aging or Commission on Aging.
Please sign Dan's online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on  July 3, 2017