Kessler, William J.
Bill Kessler, 85, of Phoenix, AZ passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on July 25, 2013. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Bill moved to Phoenix after joining the Marine Corps and later attended Phoenix College where he met his wife Pat. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1952 and worked for Superior Companies, retiring as Vice President after 36 years. Bill and Pat's marriage of 62 years was a genuine example of devotion and love. Survivors include his wife, Pat, five daughters, Kathryn (Jon) Allen; Linda (Larry) Hohl; Mary (Randy) Barth; Patty (Barry) Moore; Margie (David) Merrill; Susan Platz (Billy's wife); eleven grandchildren; Brian, Jeff & Megan Hohl; Emily & Katie Barth; Maribeth, Alison & Brad Moore; Natalie, Nina & Hallie Merrill; his sister, Elizabeth Carlson; & eight nieces & nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his only son, Billy, who died from leukemia at the age of 26 in 1987. The Kessler family and friends kept Billy's spirit alive by raising funds for leukemia research through the Bill Kessler Memorial Golf Classic, which netted over $500,000 during its 10 year run. An avid fisherman, all roads led to Woods Canyon Lake for Bill where the BKMC fishing crew gathered annually for over 20 years. This was also a favorite family camping spot where Bill proudly taught his children and grandchildren how to fish. Rocky Point, Mexico was another family favorite and provided many good times and treasured memories. Known by all as "Mr. K", he made friends wherever he went. He had a tireless curiosity, loved to learn, and was profoundly interested in others. Gathering family and friends together was Bill's forte, always organizing games and parties to make even an ordinary event memorable. He was a man of honor, integrity and wisdom. He was our compass and he will be dearly missed. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Friday, August 2 at 1 p.m. at the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 East Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, AZ. Burial services will follow at St. Francis Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, and in keeping with the family's commitment to finding a cure for leukemia, donations may be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Arizona Chapter , 3877 North 7th Street, #300, Phoenix, AZ 85014. Please visit www.Hansenmortuary.com to place on line condolences.
Published in The Arizona Republic on July 28, 2013