Mr. Hilbert Donald Kiesel, 77
Hilbert Donald Kiesel, 77 of Gainesville, passed away October 7, 2021 at home with his family. Born in Long Island, New York on September 20, 1944, he was the son of the late Hilbert Vincent and Dorothy Rohl Kiesel. Mr. Kiesel is survived by his wife, Alene Prevatt Kiesel of Gainesville; son Jarrett (Kim) Kiesel of Flowery Branch, daughter Shannon (David) Dorsey of Gainesville; grandchildren Connor, Vince and Will Kiesel; Brooks, Georgia, Baron and Grace Dorsey; brother Tom (Ruth) Kiesel, sister Dorothy Kiesel Poll and numerous loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Kiesel was a 1962 graduate of Ft. Myers High School. He then attended Florida Southern College where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and graduated with a Bachelors in History. Mr. Kiesel worked in the family shrimping business for twenty-six years owning and operating numerous vessels before moving to the mountains of Colorado and then North Carolina. Once settled in Franklin, NC, he earned his real estate brokers license and ran a successful real estate company for 20 years. Hil loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed hiking on his property, gardening and watching wildlife.
Hil made friends where ever he went, but nothing meant more to him than spending time with his family. He and his wife moved to Gainesville, GA in 2016 to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Hil is preceded in death by sons Hilbert Donald Kiesel Jr and Ryan Christopher Kiesel as well as his parents Hilbert Vincent and Dorothy Kiesel.
Hilbert’s wishes are being honored with a cremation and memorial Mass being held at Church of the Good Shepherd; 3740 Holtzclaw Rd Cumming GA 30041 on Friday, October 15th at 1:00pm.
In lieu of flowers he asked that donations be made to his local chapter of the Knights of Columbus. (Church of the Good Shepherd Attn: KofC Council #13161) or donations made to Hospice of NGMC, 2150 Limestone Pkwy Suite #222 Gainesville, GA 30501 or www.nghs.com/foundation/hospice.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, GA 30504 is in charge of arrangements.
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Jarrett and Kim,
Jarrett, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. Praying for your family.
Jackie and I were two of the friends Hil and Alene made along the way in Franklin, first as clients and then friends. We will hold Alene and family in our prayers.
I grew up with Hil’s younger brother, so Hil was also a part of my life. There’s a few stories of that time that can only be warmly shared along with a cold beer and hardy laughter. Hil was a perfectionist, sometimes hardheaded and I saw those traits along with hard work transition into all that he did. He was an accomplished man. He also had a deep love for Alene, his children and grandchildren. Durning the last several months, I only spoke with Hil a couple of times but his voice was strong, his conversations positive and I could hear a “never give up” attitude. Our conversations would always end by me telling him that he was in my nightly prayers and he would alway say that I was in his. He taught me to see the beauty in each and every day. RIP my friend.
Ted Ferreira, Fort Myers, Fl
I was a fraternity brother of Hil and Tommy at FSC. Hil was a senior when I was a freshman pledge, in the same graduating class of Alene ('70).
When I got word of Hil's passing this week I turned to my pledge book (which was a written record of interviews with SAE brothers). Hil's interview was in depth and very insightful. He took time for others.
What wasn't said is that he was truly a ladies man and was lavaliered to seven women and pinned to more than one until he met Alene.
Game over, he was pinned to only Alene the rest of his senior year and I'm sure that love never was extinguished.
The Kiesel's were legends at Florida Southern and beyond.
My deepest condolences to Alene, her family and other surviving members.
I'll see him again!
Our family was so saddened to hear about the loss of Hill. He has been our neighbor now for 4 years, I will never forget when we moved in he was the 1st to welcome us to the street! He was always so kind to our young son, we will miss seeing him and smelling his cigar. Alene we are praying for you and the rest of your family during such a difficult loss. -The Gaillards
Alene and family,
Joy and I just heard of Hil's passing. We are sending all our love. Very fond memories of Hil and all the SAE Brothers. Even though many years have passed since those wonderful days in college, we still all kept in contact with you and Hil. The four of us bonded forever in the summer of 1968. Very dear memories forever.
Phi Alpha Brother Hil, we will never forget the shrimp boat parties!
Alene, and the Family,
Joy and I just found out about Hil's passing today. We have fond memories of us together since attending your Wedding and in the Summer of 1968 bonding as married couples at FSC; later our children all playing together when visiting Ft. Myers. The SAE's at FSC during our timeframe were and are Brothers Forever. From the first time I met Hil in 1965, we bonded and became good friends which I have never forgotten. Phi Alpha Brother Hil. We will never forget those Shrimp Boat Parties too.
R . Fred Lewis
We extend our thoughts and prayers to the entire Kissel family. Hil and Tom were the finest brothers in our fraternity and are part of a lasting memory of Florida Southern. Very sad that our college years passed so rapidly but those years added so much to our lives. Hil was a major player in bringing us together and will always hold a very special place in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers will be directed to all of you that with time your hearts be healed and you find peace in his lasting love. Be well and stay safe my friends.
R. Fred Lewis
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