Robert E. Desness


October 9, 1924 - April 15, 2014

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Robert E. Desness, age 89, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in Sebring, Florida. Mr. Desness was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on October 9, 1924 to Edward J. and Lottie Bell (Misner) Desness. Mr. Desness was a mechanic for Consumerís Power Company, he served in the United States Army during World War II, 11th Airborne Division Association, he was a Parachute Rigger, a lifetime member of the VFW a member of the Avon Park Lakes Association, member of the First Presbyterian Church and had been a resident of Avon Park since 1982 coming from Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is survived by his loving wife-Margaret Desness of Avon Park, Florida; daughter-Donita Rassmussen of Delton, Michigan; sons-Roderick Desness (Linda) of Richland, Michigan, Robert Desness, Jr. (Cindy) of Delton, Michigan; sister-Carolyn White of Cottonwood, Arizona; 9 grandchildren-Stephanie Desness, Casey Desness, Christy Desness, Tracey Stonefield, Jennifer Gilliam, Christopher Rasmussen and many great grandchildren. Visitation will be held Monday, April 21, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home with funeral service to begin at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Bob Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida on Tuesday, April 22, 2014at 12:30 p.m.. The family is accepting flowers or memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church: P.O. Box 1326, Avon Park, Florida 33826 or Alzheimerís Association: 134 North Ridgewood Drive, Sebring, Florida 33870.