March 20, 1947 ~ September 26, 2016
Larry Kessel passed away suddenly on Monday September 26, 2016, in Lawndale, CA. Born in Hazleton, PA, on March 20, 1947, to Charles and Mary Remeta Kessel, he grew up in Oregon and graduated from Burns Union High School in Oregon. His service in the US Army included one tour of duty in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969. After returning from Vietnam, Larry moved to Southern California where he made his home.
Following his Army service he worked at Hitachi as an Import/Export Manager. In May 1985 Larry graduated from Long Beach City College where he completed the Respiratory Care Program through which he earned his respiratory therapy certification. He also received certification from the National Board for Respiratory Care, which led to a ten year profession. He worked in several South Bay hospitals. Afterwards he ran his own business, Larry's Tools on Wheels. He retired in 2006.
Larry was a 35-year friend of Bill W. He overcame many obstacles in his life, and through the love, help and support of his family and friends found happiness, peace, and contentment. His passion for riding motorcycles took him to many beautiful parts of the country and brought him to the spot where he met his loving wife. His greatest joy in life was his relationship with his daughter, Amy, who blessed him with an even greater joy, his granddaughter Olivia.
He is survived by his wife Andrea, daughter Amy, son-in-law Carlo, granddaughter Olivia, sister Paula and brother-in-law Keith, many loving in-laws, nieces and nephews, many amazing friends, and canine companions Corky and Roxy.
A celebration of Larry's life was held on Saturday, October 1st, in Hermosa Beach.
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