|KESLER, Lula Hatcher, 81, of Salem, went to be with the Lord
on Sunday, November 5, 1995. She was the widow of Robert H. Kesler and
was a longtime member of the Central United Methodist Church. She had worked
at Tarpley's in Salem. Her survivors include her sisters, Virginia Jones,
Blue Ridge, Marie Steele, Richmond; brothers and sisters-in-law; a host
of nieces and nephews; many friends and neighbors. A graveside service
will be held at the Sherwood Memorial Park on Tuesday, November 7 at 12
noon with the Rev. Dr. William A. Davis Jr. officiating. Arrangements by
John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home, Salem. - Roanoke Times, The
Betty Kesler Crump, wonderful mother, aunt, sister, and friend,
died in the loving arms of her three children Nov. 21, 1995, at the age
of 72. She was a remarkable person of great determination,
intelligence and accomplishment. She devoted her life to her children and
they will never forget her sacrifices and love for them. She was deeply
loved and always will be.
KESLER, Gene William, 55 of Jacksonville, Fla. passed away Wednesday, January 10, 1996. He was born in Roanoke, Va. and had resided in Jacksonville for 14 years. Mr. Kesler was employed at the Acorn Division of TTX Corp. at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife of 13 years Linda S. Kesler of Jacksonville; mother Mrs. Ruby Musgrove,Roanoke, Va. Funeral services will be held 4:00 p.m. Sunday, January 14, 1996 in the ch apel of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 729 S. Edgewood Ave. with Rev. Tim McDaniel officiating. Memorialization will be by cremation. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Saturday (tonight) at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. - Roanoke Times, The (VA)
KESLER, Raymond William, Jr., 48, of Roanoke, died Wednesday, February 21, 1996, at the UVA Hospital, Charlottesville. He was employed at HSN Fulfillment Center, and was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Walker Kesler Sr. He is survived by one son, Scott D. Kesler, Lynchburg; his mother, Ora Jean Kesler, Salem; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Ronnie D. Kesler, Salem, Donnie L. and Lynn Kesler, Roanoke, and Jimmy and Brenda Austin, Troutville; a sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Skip Shelor, Salem; four special nieces and one nephew. Graveside services will be held Friday, February 23, at 12 noon, at the Old Dominion Memorial Gardens, with the Rev. Mike Derfilinger officiating. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Lotz Salem Chapel. - Roanoke Times, The (VA)
April 13, 1996
KESLER, Dorothy Crawford, 86, of Roanoke, living at Friendship Manor, died Saturday, June 1, 1996. Mrs. Kesler was a retired secretary from Adams Construction Company, and was preceded in death by her husband, John B. Kesler, and a son, James G. Kesler. Surviving are her son and daughter-in -law, John William (''Bill"") and Nancy Meyer Kesler of Charlotte, N.C.; her grandchildren, Leslie Michelle Kesler of Raleigh, N.C., Monica Kesler Phillips of Charlotte, N.C., and John Charles Kesler of Greenville, N.C., and her nieces, Dorothy Murden Dickens and June Murden Blick of Wilmington, N.C. Funeral services will be held at Oakey's North Chapel at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, with the Rev. William B. Ramey Jr. of Raleigh Court United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Burial Park. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at Oakey's North Chapel. - Roanoke Times, The (VA)
KESLER, Nelle Mae Hutsell was born April 1, 1900 in Meigs County,
Tn. and came to Oklahoma City in 1911. She died Monday, July 8, 1996. Nelle
loved her country, her church, her family and her friends. She outlived
her parents, her eight brothers and sisters, and her husband, Frank Kesler,
and she spent her last years in poor health, but her spirit was storng
and she leaves us with many happy memories.
KESLER, Sarah Thomas, 76, of Ashland, wife of the Rev. R. Harris Kesler, died Saturday, August 31, 1996. Mrs. Kesler was a native of Oxford, N.C., and was the daughter of the late Dr. William Nelson Thomas and Estelle Bullock Thomas. She was educated in the public schools of Oxford and attended the Marjorie Webster School in Washington, D.C. She was a graduate of Greensboro College in Greensboro, N.C. She was married to Dr. Kesler on September 10, 1946. After a stay in New York while her husband was in graduate school, she and Dr. Kesler returned to Virginia where he was a clergy member of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. In each of the communities where she lived, Mrs. Kesler was actively involved in the religious, civic and social life of the area. Dr. Kesler's appointments took them to the following churches and communities in Virginia: the McKenney Charge in McKenney, Main Street Church in Emporia, Duncan Memorial in Ashland, Main Street Church in Suffolk, Asbury Church in Harrisonburg, Epworth Church in Norfolk, Main Street Church in Waynesboro and First Church in Salem. In 1984, Dr. Kesler retired, and he and Mrs. Kesler moved to Ashland to a home they had purchased there. At the time of her death, Mrs. Kesler was a member of Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women, the Woman's Club of Ashland, the Ashland Garden Club, the Hanover Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Scotchtown Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Jamestowne Society. She and her husband were vitally interested in Randolph-Macon College and were active in many of its affairs. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Kesler is survived by five nieces, Sallie Thomas Carmichael of Gainesville, Ga., Douglas Thomas Odom of Chapel Hill, N.C., Mary Thomas Firestone of Lafayette, Ind., Sandra Kesler Walker of Virginia Beach and Barbara Kesler Dudley of Arvada, Colo.; her sister-in-law, Rachel Poe Thomas of Oxford, N.C.; an aunt, Mrs. Charles Goff of Virginia Beach; several great-nieces and great-nephews, and a number of cousins. A memorial service will be held at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, Ashland, at 2 p.m. Monday, September 2, 1996. The family suggests that memorials take the form of gifts to Randolph-Macon College or a charity of choice. Interment of ashes will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Oxford, N.C. The family will receive friends at the Kesler home in Ashland. The Reid Funeral Home in Ashland is in charge of arrangements. - Roanoke Times, The (VA)
Dene Joseph Kesler passed away peacefully at his home on Sept. 25, 1996 after a courageous battle with cancer. Dene was born on March 22, 1941 in Salt Lake City. He served in the British Mission from 1961 to 1963. Upon his return home he earned a degree in Civil Engineering and later an MBA from the University of Utah. Dene married Mary Lynn Clifford on June 12, 1967 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He served in many capacities in the LDS Church including the High Council and Bishopric. He enjoyed all of his church service but especially enjoyed the many years he served as the Elder's Quorum President and also time spent in service with the Young Men and Primary organizations. He was an expert snow and water skier, and enjoyed river running. His family has many fond memories of boating and water ski excursions on the lakes around the Salt Lake Valley and Lake Powell. Dene was a successful business owner, most recently in the lighting industry. He possessed a good sense of humor, a kind heart and was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lynn; his parents, Mack and Lavina Kesler; his brother, Grant (Jeanne); his five children, Dena (Von) Etcher; Jason (Julie); Jack (Alicia); Margaret; and J.D.; and his six grandchildren, Michelle Margaret, Taylor Dene, Kadi Lynn, Derrick, Danielle, and Jade. Dene is preceded in death by two brothers, Lee and Gordon. The family would like to express their thanks and appreciation to Dr. Linda Leckman, Dr. Patricia Legant and her staff, and to his home health nurse, Kim Goett. Funeral services will be held Monday, September 30, 1996, 11 a.m. at the Crescent South Stake Center, 251 East 10600 South, Sandy. Friends and family may call Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at Goff Mortuary, 8090 South State, and Monday from 9:45-10:45 a.m. at the Stake Center. Interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery. - Deseret News, The (Salt Lake City, UT)
KESLER, Ruth Grisso, 87, of Moneta, formerly of Canterbury Park, Roanoke County, died Wednesday, April 16, 1997 at Lewis-Gale Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, James T. Kesler, Sr. She was Owner and Operator of Cave Spring Hardware. She is survived by a daughter, Nadine Kesler, Moneta; two sons and daughter-in-law, J. T., Jr. and Linda Kesler, Roanoke, Engle Kesler, Sr., Moneta; a sister and brother-in-law, Mildred and Hugh Whitlow, Salem. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 19, 1997 at 10 a.m. at the Lotz Roanoke Chapel, with the Rev. William C. Logan officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Roanoke Salem Alzheimers Association, 320 Hershberger Road, N.W., Roanoke, Va 24012. Friends may call at Lotz Roanoke Chapel after 12 noon Friday. - Roanoke Times, The (VA)
KESLER, Donna Faye, 37, of Roanoke, passed away Wednesday, June 18, 1997. She is survived by her parents, Clarence and Jo Ann Kesler of Roanoke; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Ronnie Eugene Kesler of Roanoke, James Oscar and Donna Kesler of Roanoke; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Marie and Doug Killen of Logan, W.Va., Wanda and Fleet Chenault of Roanoke, Rita and T. D. Caldwell of Roanoke; many nieces and nephews; special friends, Leola Banks and Jackie Maas. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, June 20, 1997, at Oakey' s North Chapel with Rev. Harry M. Miller Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in Tombstone Cemetery. - Roanoke Times, The (VA)
KESLER Margaret Rebecca (Andre) of Okla. City passed away Dec. 22, 1997, in Dallas, at the age of 85. She was born Jan. 28, 1912, in Springfield, IL, and lived in Sayre, OK before moving to Okla. City in 1932, where she was a bookkeeper for the Okla. State Highway Dept. before retiring in 1976. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of OKC. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles D. Kesler. Survivors are her daughter, Martha Judkins of Dallas and husband, Danny Judkins; granddaughters, Tracy Robertson of Nashua, N.H., and Jennifer and Susan Judkins, both of Dallas, nieces, Betty Pederson and Fran Shumate of the City and Ruth Berrier of Ft. Worth, Tx.; a cousin, John Engle of Okla. City. Services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997, at the Guardian Midtown Chapel with burial in Memorial Park. - Daily Oklahoman, The (Oklahoma City, OK)
KESLER, John Benjamin, 81, of Bronx, N.Y., formerly of Roanoke, Va., passed away Wednesday, December 24, 1997. He is survived by a sister, Dorothy H. (Linnell) Kasey, Roanoke; a cousin, Lawrence Leftwich; 12 nieces; four nephews, all of Roanoke, and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be Monday, January 5, 1998, at 2 p.m., at Pilgrim Baptist Church with Rev. Dwight Steele officiating. Interment will follow in Williams Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Sunday from 7 to 8 p.m. at the church. Friends may call at Serenity Funeral Home Sunday from noon to 6 p.m . Arrangements by Serenity Funeral Home, 126 Gilmer Ave., N.W - Roanoke Times, The (VA)
Lavinia Walker Kesler, age 86, passed away January 12, 1998 in
Salt Lake City, Utah.
KESLER, Esterlene Brooks, (''Teen''), 76, of Union Hall, died Sunday, August 23, 1998. Born September 6, 1921, she was a daughter of the late John Wesley and Amanda Maxey Smith. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Claude Brooks and Vernon Kesler; brothers, Woodrow Smith, Keil Smith, Henry Leonard Smith; sister, Hilda Cundiff. Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Clarence and Pam Brooks of Union Hall; one grandson and his wife, John and Shannon Brooks of Glade Hill; stepdaughter and her husband, Judy and Earnest Marion of Cumberland; stepgrandson and his wife, Jay and Karen Marion of Cumberland; stepgreat-grandson, Ryan Marion of Cumberland; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Edith Brown of Union Hall, Mary and Henry Brown of Roanoke, Maurine and Fletcher Manning of Glade Hill; two sisters-in-law, Mabel Smith of Glade Hill and Launa Smith of Altavista. Many nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 25, 1998, at Lynch Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Junior Conner and Rev. Belle Robertson officiating. Interment will follow in Franklin Memorial Park. Lynch Funeral Home, Rocky Mount, is in charge of arrangements. - Roanoke Times, The (VA)
January 5, 1999
KESLER, Engle Wayne Sr., 54, of Moneta, passed away Friday, February 12, 1999. Mr. Kesler is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Stacey and Steve Martin, Roanoke; one son and daughter-in-law, Engle W. Jr. and Julie Kesler, Roanoke; two grandchildren, Megan Anne Kesler and Phillip Samuel Kesler; a sister, Nadine Kesler, Moneta; and a brother and sister-in-law, J.T. Jr. and Linda Kesler, Roanoke. Memorial services will be held Sunday, February 14 at 3 p.m. at Oakey's South Chapel with the Rev. William C. Logan officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to MADD, PO Box 11282, Roanoke, Va. 24022 or the United Way Family Service, 325 Campbell Ave., S.W., Roanoke, Va. 24016. Oakey's South Chapel in charge of arrangements. - Roanoke Times, The (VA)
KESLER, Doctor Hatcher, 97, of Salem, died Friday, February 19, 1999. He was retired from Trailways Bus Co. and Keslers Work Shop. Surviving family include his wife of 72 years, Laura Sears Kesler; son, Leo E. Kesler and his wife Audrey of Newport News; grandchildren, Rodney Lynn Kesler and wife Peggy of Floyd, Christina Cleary and husband Bill of Newport News, Joylene Chappell and husband Frank of Seaford; great-grandchildren, Matthew and Tanya Kesler, Sarah Cleary; sister, Minnie Murray of Boones Mill; stepgrandchildren, Rebecca Turlington of Newport News, Michelle Poole of Newport News and Jeffrey Poole of Sparta, N. C.; three stepgreat-grandchildren; special friends, Charlie and Guida Lefler; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Monday, February 22, 1999 at 2 p.m. at the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home Chapel, Salem, with the Rev. Edward Woodard officiating. Interment will follow in Sherwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Saturday and Sunday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. - Roanoke Times, The (VA)
Elaine Jensen Kesler passed away March 23, 1999 in Taylorsville,
Utah after a courageous battle with cancer. Elaine was born
August 23, 1938 in Axtell, Utah to Keogh and Vontess Jensen. She graduated
from No. Sevier High in Salina and the U of U. Elaine married her best
friend, Veryl Kesler, on Sept. 6, 1975 in Salt Lake and were sealed Dec.
18, 1976 in the Salt Lake Temple. Elaine served an LDS Mission
to Denmark 1962-1964. She has served in numerous church positions throughout
her life. They lived for 21 years in Alaska before moving back to Utah.
She loved helping others; was a gracious host and had many close friends.
KESLER, Kathryn Louise, 91, a life long resident of Roanoke, passed away Friday, April 9, 1999. Miss Kesler was a former Roanoke City public school teacher, retired in 1971. She taught at Monroe Elementary and Jr. High Schools, and Woodrow Wilson Jr. High School. Miss Kesler was a member of Woodlawn United Methodist Church. She was also active in Eta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma and League of Roanoke Artists. Survivors include one brother, William J. Kesler, sister-in-law, Mrs. Robert E. Kesler wife of the late Robert E. (Gene) Kesler, and four beloved nephews and their families. Also, Miss Kesler had nine great-nieces and nephews, and many, many dear friends. No funeral service will be held because her body will be given to science. A memorial service will be held at Woodlawn United Methodist Church on April 18, 1999 at 2 p.m. Remembrance gifts may be given to the Kathryn L. Kesler Scholarship Fund, C / O: Woodlawn United Methodist Church, 2922 Corbieshaw Rd., S.W. Roanoke, Va. 24015. (This fund was established in 1997 for college students interested in a teaching career). - Roanoke Times, The (VA)
KESLER Billy Mark (Joe), 53, of Plano, TX, formerly of Yukon, lost his fight with cancer April 12, 1999 at home. He was born in OKC on July 27, 1945. He leaves his wife, Roberta and his beloved children Marka Dyer and husband Scott, and Doug Kesler and wife Michelle of Yukon, Darren Kesler of OKC and Michael Howard and his wife Katie of Seattle. He also leaves his mother, Norma Kesler Lawrence of OKC, his sister, Vicki Foree and her husband Larry of OKC and his Twin Sister Diane Wooden-Lawson andher husband Darrel, of Yukon. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Michael and Megan Kesler of Yukon and Ryan and Katie Ballard of OKC. He also leaves behind special memories of his niece, Denise Wooden and nephews, Mark, Mike, Monty & Mickey Foree, and Devin Wooden and a host of other family and friends, all of whom he loved dearly. He is preceded in death by his father, Warren Billy Kesler, and his grandparents, Mark & Vernelia Kesler and Coy & Hattie Cuttright. He was a graduate of Putnam CityHigh School and served in the Air National Guard. He was in retail management for 35 years, moat recently with Service Merchandise and leaves many wonderful associates there. Besides his family, the loves of his life were riding his Harley, playing golfand bowling. Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on April 15, 1999 at the Drexel Boulevard Church of Christ at 1301 N. Drexel in OKC. He will never be forgotten.- Daily Oklahoman, The (Oklahoma City, OK)
Forrest E. Kesler