Richard Bessine

Richard Charles Bessine, 88, of Burlington, died Sunday, October 1, 2023 at his home. He was born May 10, 1935 in Burlington to Frederick Sr. and Anna Koeller Bessine.  On July 17, 1954 he married Betty Jean Sly in Burlington; she died January 7, 2012.  He attended Burlington schools and was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Burlington.

Mr. Bessine worked for fifty years as a Transportation Supervisor at IAAP in Middletown. He enjoyed hunting geese and ducks; trap shooting; boating the Mighty Mississippi; and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include three daughters, Mary Moore and Cynthia Trammel of Austin, Texas, and Kristina Seals of Burlington; daughter-in-law Debbie Bessine of Florida; four grandchildren, Dustin Carlson, Ashley (Matt) Grinnell, Aric Martin and Anthony (Bethany) Martin; and eight great-grandchildren, Cayden, Carsen, Richard, Jada, Gavin, Rosie, Mattelyn, and Jaric.  Besides his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by his son Gene Patrick; grandson Rayme Moore; and brothers, Fred, Bob, Ed and Jim.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Bessine will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, October 6, 2023 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Burlington with Father Jake Greiner officiating.  A memorial has been established for St. Paul Catholic Church.  Elliott Chapel, New London, is assisting the family with arrangements and online condolences may be left at