William John Kessler, 84, of Cherokee Village died July 12, 2003, in Pueblo, Colo.
Born Dec. 3, 1918, in Sturgeon, Pa., he was the son of Sylvester Kessler Sr. and Margaret Hope Kessler. He married Bette Bays April 22, 1984, in Arkadelphia.
He served in the United States Army in the Prisoner of War Guard Detachment Service Command Unit 1747. He was inducted Feb. 11, 1941, and honorably discharged Nov. 8, 1945. He received the American Defense Ribbon, the American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon and the Victory Medal.
He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, Highland Elks Lodge and Cherokee Village Men's Golf Association. He enjoyed traveling all over the United States and the world on golfing trips.
Survivors include his loving and devoted wife, Bette Kessler of Cherokee Village; a daughter, Mary Mael, and her husband, Charles, of Monett, Mo.; a son, Robert Kessler, and his wife, Robin, of Odenton, Md.; a stepdaughter, Elizabeth Bretz, and her husband, Dan, of Cherokee Village; two stepsons -- Terry Nipper of Collinsville, Ill., and Tom Nipper and his wife, Sharon, of Hazelwood, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters -- Elizabeth Gaitens of Sturgeon, Pa., Margaret McMahon and her husband, Francis, of McKees Rocks, Pa., and Patricia Hernberger of Cannonsburg, Pa.; and a brother, Jack Kessler of Florissant, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Christina; and a brother, Sylvester Kessler Jr.
The funeral was July 18 at Moore Memorial Chapel with Father George Galovich officiating. Burial was in the Caledonia Methodist Cemetery in Caledonia, Mo. Full military honors were presented by Washington County VFW Post 6996. Arrangements were under the direction of Moore Funeral Homes of Potosi, Mo.
A memorial mass will be held at St. Michael's Catholic Church at a later date.