Archive for Friday, June 18, 1993


June 18, 1993


Services for James R. "Ray" Kessler, 65, McLouth, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church in McLouth with the Rev. Don Powell officiating. Burial will be in McLouth Cemetery. Masonic graveside services will be conducted by Lyra Lodge No. 256 A.F. & A.M. of McLouth.

Mr. Kessler died Wednesday, June 16, 1993, at his home after a long illness.

He was born Jan. 6, 1928, in Johnson County, the son of Russell and Edith Beatty Kessler.

He attended public schools in Johnson County and served in the U.S. Army during the occupation of Japan following World War II.

Mr. Kessler worked for the Leavenworth-Jefferson Rural Electric Cooperative Inc. from 1951 until his retirement in 1991. In the early days of electrification, he worked in the power line construction business in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

He was a member and past president of the McLouth Kiwanis Club. He was a member and past master of Lyra Lodge No. 256 A.F. & A.M. at McLouth, and he was a member of the Williams-Kesinger American Legion Post No. 393 at McLouth. He also had served on the McLouth City Council for several years.

He married Rosalee Jellison on Aug. 13, 1949, at Lawrence. She survives the home.

Other survivors include a daughter, Kathleen Burns, McLouth; three sons, Edward, John and Gregory, all of McLouth; a sister, Dorothy Hougland, Leawood; three brothers, Larry and Keith, both of Gardner, and Marvin, Wichita; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, William.

The family suggests memorials to the Jefferson County Hospice or to the McLouth Kiwanis Club.

Friends may call from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the McLouth United Methodist Church.

Barnett Funeral Home of Oskaloosa is handling arrangements.

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