Christopher Paul Kesling, age 51, of Bastrop was called from this life on June 21, 2018.
He was born February 8, 1967 in Toledo, Ohio to Orville “Bud” Paul Kesling and Jane Payden
Kesling. The Kesling family lived in several locations during Chris’ childhood including Ohio, Kentucky and Texas. After earning his high school GED, he joined the National Guard where he graduated Top Ten in his class.
Chris learned land surveying from his friend, James Schuelke. He continued this profession for KBR at military bases in Iraq. His employer, Fugro Surveying, sent him to Malaysia to learn hydrographic surveying. Chris also worked for UTEC in Dubai. He also received extensive training in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
He met the love of his life, Carmela Gomez, in Taiwan. They were married in the Philippines within a year. Chris and Carmela made their home in Kabankalan City, Philippines.
Chris never met a stranger. He was known by many as “Daddy Chris” especially to Princess Gomez. He had a very generous heart, always putting others before himself. Chris shared love and laughter in simple ways. He gave candy, treats and toys to the children, teaching them to share with others and use manners. Chris encouraged and supported his family to finish their higher education.
Memorials and donations may be offered in Chris’s name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Chris and his family want to thank Dr. Cox, Dr. Pandey, the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and all of the wonderful friends and caregivers who tended to him.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Carmela; his parents Bud and Jane; sister Tracy Castaneda; uncles Carl and Richard Kesling and Don Payden; aunts Alice Kesling and Nancy Elliott and her husband Cleon; nieces and nephews: Jared McHaffie, Simon, Cassandra, Kiara, and Brooke Castaneda, Princess Gomez, great nieces Hazel and Sophia and cousins in Ohio.
Visitation will be from 9:00am to 11:00am on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Good Shepherd
Lutheran Church, 202 Hwy. 71 W, Bastrop, Texas. A Celebration of Life will begin at the
church at 11:00am.
Chris, I never in a million years thought I would be writing on this wall.let alone so dann soon.It seems like yesterday we were getting into trouble,or just having fun together.the time sure does fly.We all will miss you, and every year for your birthday,I will raise a toast. Love cousin David
David KeslingToledo, OH
Chris you will be missed greatly and will live on in our hearts forever dear friend. You always knew how to bring a smile to all around you, you always had a joke or a song that brought laughter . Your heart lives on in us all and I feel blessed to have known you. Your precious wife and your Sister Tracy I call my sisters and will love them always, your parents Bud and Jane and all family and friends will always have a special place in our hearts, and we will always remember you and love you.
Until we all meet again in Gods House, Rest In Peace my friend. Heaven gained a special heart full of laughter.
Bud , Jane, Carmela , Tracy, and all family We love you.
Melanie and Terry McHaffie
Melanie And Terry McHaffieNorth Richland Hills, TX
Saddened to hear of Chris's passing. He was an awesome guy and a great friend. I'm sure he and Brian are having a great reunion in Heaven. I loved Chris from the moment I met him and he always looked out for my kids Brian and Susan. Love and hugs to all who loved him too. Y'all are in my prayers. I'll see you again Chris on Heaven's Golden Streets.
Brenda GoodeGuthrie, KY
We were all very saddened to hear of Chris' passing. A great young man, son, husband and brother to you all. We're very sorry we were not able to be there with you during this loss. Though far away, you are in our continued thoughts and prayers.
Don Payden, Jeff Payden and Family, Lisa Payden and FamilyToledo, OH
Lori L RaburnBastrop, TX