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Jerry Kessler Click for Condolences      Printable Version
1942 - 2020

Jerry KesslerJerry Kessler, a pillar of the Milton community as well as his family, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 14th at the age of 78 surrounded by those whom he loved and who loved him most. Jerry was born on September 26th, 1942, in Kopperston, West Virginia to Joseph and Angelia Kessler. He was the youngest of five boys, Joseph, Jimmy, Jack, and Johnny, all who preceded him in death. He leaves behind his wife of 29 years, Marianne Kessler, whom he married on October 5th, 1991, and would spend the final duration of his life in Milton, West Virginia, making friends and great memories. Jerry is also survived by his three sons, Joseph (Candace) of Milton, Jason (Amber) of Fairmont, and James (Kathryn) of Hurricane. He is also survived by a stepson, Mike (Chrissy) of Mesa, AZ, a daughter Melissa, of Pompton Lakes, NJ, a sister-in-law Maxine Kessler of Hurricane, WV, and two very special friends, Phillip and Maurine Skeens of Milton, West Virginia. Jerry’s footprint on this earth expanded without limit as he spent time in various places in West Virginia as well as beyond the state’s borders. At seventeen, Jerry joined the United States Marine Corps where he served his country diligently and with honor for 4years, as well as additional years in the United States Naval Reserve. He was an employee of the phone company where he retired with 39 years of service. After his retirement he was the Senior Vice Commandant of the William B. Fulks – Detachment - #1474, Marine Corps League in Hurricane, WV. He was also a member of the American Legion, WV Post 139, Milton, WV. He was a past master of the Masonic Lodge, Genesis 88, Pompton Lakes, NJ for 3 years and a current member of Lebanon Lodge, #68 of the Grand Lodge of West Virginia, AF and AM, in Milton, WV. Jerry had an unmatched passion and love for not only his own children and grandchildren, but for the youth of his community as well. Elected as a Hometown Hero of Milton in 2017, Jerry tended to the Little League baseball fields for fifteen years with no grandchildren of his own left participating in the program. This continued his legacy already left when he coached in Hurricane youth leagues while his own sons participated in the 70’s and 80’s. When not working at the Milton field, he was an active member of Florida Street Baptist Church in Milton, West Virginia where he served in several capacities. He was born again in 1978 at the First Baptist Church of Hurricane pastored by Ward Robinson at the time. Jerry enjoyed cooking for his children and their families, dishing out meals with a whistle in his throat and a smile on his face. He laughed and loved easily, always imploring and inspiring others to do the same. Jerry did not know of strangers and gifted his humor and kindness unexclusively. Jerry was a selfless man who considered it a privilege to serve others. When not serving his community, his church, or his country, Jerry was doting out gifts and love to his 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They are Sara Kessler, Chase Bricker, Jessica (Matthew) Berry, James Kessler II, Noah Kessler, Zane (Cara) Kessler, Kellijo (Brandon) Kessler, Thomas Kessler, Katy Kessler, Levi Kessler, Emily Kessler, Jordan Petriello, Jaidan Petriello, Samuel White, Kellan White and soon-to-be Allison Kessler. He also has 2 great grandchildren, Maci Kessler, and Lauren Rhodes. Jerry will be greatly missed by all these grandchildren, as well as the entirety of his family that he left behind. He will continue on as the essence of the pater familias of his family. A celebration of his life will be 2 p.m. Saturday, October 17, 2020, at Wallace Funeral Home, Milton. Visitation will be from 12 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Huntington, P.O. Box 464, Huntington, WV, 25709. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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pam chapman
Saturday October 17, 2020 at 1:49 AM

Amber, not sure if you remember me, I worked at Putnam general hospital with you years ago. (I hope your the same one) , but I wanted to extend my thoughts and prayers to you,Jason and the rest of your family and may God give you comfort in the days to come.
Roy McClure
Friday October 16, 2020 at 6:16 PM

Jerry and I served in the Marine Corps together and he was a great friend. We lost each other when I moved to Florida. My thoughts to the family. RIP my friend! Semper Fi!
Friday October 16, 2020 at 12:15 PM

Jim and Peggy Webb
Friday October 16, 2020 at 10:20 AM

It's difficult to say goodbye to someone you love so much. Our hearts are broken because we are unable to attend Jerry's funeral. We have struggled with guilt about not going. Jerry was always there for everyone including us. He had opened his home to us during hurricanes and for other occasions. Jerry had a heart of gold. We loved him so much. And Marianne you have always been by his side and a very faithful wife and helpmeet to Jerry. We love you too Marianne and I pray you know we are always here for you as well. Under different circumstances we would not of hesitated on coming. We don't say goodbye as Christians but instead we will see you later. Jim said to tell Jerry to guard the streets of gold until he gets there. With everything going on in this world sometimes I feel like it's a blessing to not have to witness anymore of the craziness that is happening now. Our country is the greatest country in the world but clearly we know that time is short before God calls His children home. Even so come quickly Lord Jesus. But, until then stand strong in your faith and keep on keeping on. We love you so much and you are forever in our hearts and in our prayers. I know he loved all of his children and was so proud of them all.
Susie Hale
Friday October 16, 2020 at 5:21 AM

Such a kind and caring soul. I was blessed to having him looking out for me when we were neighbors. Much love, hugs and prayers to you Marianne and family.
Jerry stewart
Friday October 16, 2020 at 5:02 AM

I have wondered where Jerry ended up,I worked with him for years at western,lost him when he transfers to nj. I give the family my condolences and wish to say goodbye to Jerry , he was a great guy!
sean mullens
Friday October 16, 2020 at 4:09 AM

a wonderful man and friend, I always looked to Jerry as a second father, He was always there with a helpful thought, and imparted many of valued insights to me threw the years. I find solace, that his pain is over, and he is in a better place. if I can do anything let me know, Love you all.
Leslie Kessler Crump
Thursday October 15, 2020 at 10:45 PM

Thank you uncle Beanie for all the love and wisdom you passed down. You will always be in my heart and memories. Until we meet again on God's Heavenly shore.
Joyce Milowski
Thursday October 15, 2020 at 3:29 PM

It is with deep sadness that I send my condolences to Marianne and her family. Jerry that amazing smile, your laughter and sense of humor and the times of fun we shared will always stay in my heart. RIP dear Jerry. With sadness and love, Joyce
Gary Robertson
Thursday October 15, 2020 at 11:18 AM

As his pastor and for the congregation of Florida Street Baptist church we send heart felt condolences. Pastor Gary

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