News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 18, 2013

Khamis ‘Joe’ Kassissieh


TERRE HAUTE — Khamis “Joe” Kassissieh, 74, of Bloomington, passed away at his residence early Tuesday morning, April 16, 2013. He was born April 23, 1937, in Jerusalem Palestine, to Issa Kassissieh and Malakeh Shamieh Kassissieh.

Joe attended Purdue University briefly before entering the United States Army from 1961 to 1963, and then completed his studies at Indiana State University, where he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

He spent his professional career firstly with Stran Steel in Terre Haute before moving to Bloomington to work with Otis, RCA and ultimately General Electric.

Joe is survived by his wife, Linda L. Van Meter Kassissieh, to whom he was married to June of 1960; daughters, Angela Kassissieh, Pamela Wines and husband Shaun, and Sheila Smith and husband Forest; and son, Anthony Kassissieh and wife Kathy. Joe was grandpa to seven grandchildren, Brandon, Katherine, Lauren, and Evan Wines, and Nicholas, Emma, and Hannah Kassissieh. Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Darlene Van Meter; along with several nieces and nephews. He was one of 10 children. Najib, Anis, Naheel, Salwa, and Dalhi survive. Kahalil, Jamahil, Rifka, and Suhelia have preceded him in death along with his parents; and his brother-in-law, Allen Van Meter.

Funeral services for Joe will be held Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Holmes Memorial Chapel in Sullivan. Visitation will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. Visitation will also be held on Friday, April 19, 2013, from 4 until 8 p.m. at Allen Funeral Home. 4155 South Old Highway 37, in Bloomington. Online condolences may be sent to the family at: