Leonard Kesl

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Leonard Edwards Kesl, 86, passed away on Saturday, November 24. Born June 12, 1926 in Edwardsville, Illinois, he was the son of Blanche E. and Leonard W. Kesl.
Kesl graduated from Edwardsville High School in 1944 and served for the U.S. Army in World War II. After serving, he graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University. He received his Masters Degree in Art from Michigan State University. He also studied at LeAtelier Fernand Lager in Paris and the University of Colorado. Kesl was an Art Professor at Oxford (Ohio) College for Women, University of Alaska, Montana State University, University of Florida, and Santa Fe Community College (Gainesville, FL).
He is survived by his son Jim Kesl and daughter Diana Kesl of Gainesville, daughter Charlotte Kesl of London U.K., 5 grandchildren, his sister Yvonne Hoefert of Godfrey, IL, brother James R. Kesl of Bellevue, WA, a special friend Barbara Harrison, and friends throughout the world.
Lennie Kesl was an amazing person. He was always in great spirits and was happy about everything. He lived every day as if it was his last. Kesl's artwork was diverse, ranging from ceramics and mixed media to vibrant paintings. Over the years, a number of art exhibits were held showcasing Kesl's various art works. His artwork is included in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art-New York City, St. Louis Art Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum, and Alaska State Museum.
In addition to his talents as an artist, Kesl was an incredible jazz musician.
His funeral is being held on Friday, November 30 in Gainesville, Florida.
Published in Edwardsville Intelligencer from Nov. 29 to Nov. 30, 2012