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12/26/2013 at 4:19pm

Charles 'Scoop' KieselCharles 'Scoop' Kiesel
July 30, 1920-December 25, 2013

Deacon 'Scoop' Kiesel, 93, passed away in the arms of his family on Christmas Day after a life of service to his family, his church and his community.

"Scoop" moved his young family to Fort Myers Beach in 1950 to be part of the "Pink Gold" rush that followed discovery of Gulf of Mexico shrimp and was a vibrant member of the beach community for over a half a century. He was a key member of the Island shrimp fleet for many years, always ready to share stories of his shrimping life.

Though retired as a Catholic Deacon, Kiesel continued serving parishioners for many years at Church of the Ascension, teaching Bible study classes and meeting with members regularly.

He is survived by his wife, Lenora; daugther Lenora (Tom) Smith; sons Scoop Jr. (Lisa) Kiesel and Bob (Colette) Kiesel as well as six much loved grandchildren: Charity, Travis, Zachary, Erin, Bobby and Colette.

A Funeral Mass for "Scoop" will be held at 11am on Monday, December 29, 2013 at Church of the Ascension, 6025 Estero Blvd, followed by a gathering of friends in the Ascension Parish Hall. Visitation will be Sunday at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd (Call 936-0555 for time).

"Scoop" would often quote this poem by John Masefield during talks about his years on the waters of the Gulf:

"I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky. And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to see her by."

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