Joe F. Kessler
July 23, 1941 -- September 9, 2014
Joe F. Kessler, 73, of Middlebury, died at 12:44 am on Tuesday, September 9, at
Elkhart General Hospital. He was born on July 23, 1941 in Auburn to Robert and
Irene (Brown) Kessler. On October 8, 1960 in Auburn he married Carolyn J. Powell,
she survives. Survivors in addition to his wife are daughter, Kimberly (David)
Burson of Osceola; two sons, Robert Kessler of Middlebury, Jeffery (Michelle)
Kessler of South Bend; three grandchildren; one great granddaughter; two sisters,
Mary Jane (Lew) McCain of Broomfield, CO, Roberta (Paul) Jernigan of Auburn;
sister-in-law, Janet Kessler of Spencerville; three brothers, Harold (Barbara) Kessler
of Garrett, Wayne (Cathy) Kessler of Auburn, Darold (Debbie) Kessler of Columbia,
TN; three half-brothers, Robert, Richard and Dale Carper all of WI. He was preceded
in death by his father, Robert Kessler and mother, Irene Pence; a daughter, Deborah
McKee; and a twin brother, John Kessler. Joe worked on the railroad his entire
working career, working for Penn Central, Conrail and Norfolk-Southern. He was a
bridges and buildings foreman and a scale inspector. He enjoyed golf, games of all
kind including doing puzzle books, woodworking and sightseeing. He and his wife
wintered in Foley, Alabama and he attended New Song Church in Union, MI.
Visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 pm Friday, September 12 at
Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street Middlebury. Funeral services
will be at 10:00 am on Saturday September 13 also at the funeral home. Friends and
family may gather at 12:00 noon on Saturday for a graveside service at Fremont
Cemetery. All services will be conducted by Pastor Steve Ganger. Memorials may be
given to New Song Church in Union, MI.
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Sorry to hear about the passing of Joe. Suppose there is some blessing and
comfort knowing that the twins are united again.
From: David and Jayne McClellan
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Memories in our hearts keep our loved ones with us daily. He was a super nice
person and was fun to be around. We are very sorry for this great loss to your
family. May God comfort you at this time and in time may you all fine peace.
From: Yvonne & David Long
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We love you and we will miss you.
From: The Zimmerman Family: Travis, Suzanne, Holly, Kristen
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Sorry to hear of the passing of Joe. My prayers go out to his family. May God bless
all of you.
From: John D Serio
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Sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers go out for the family. God bless you all.
From: Bonnie (Gaston) Everage