TIPP CITY - William E. Kessler, 83, of Tipp City, departed this Earth on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, after a long courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Aug. 24, 1929, in Jacksonville, Fla.
William is a 1947 graduate from Tippecanoe High School.
He was married to Betty Jean Wick on Oct. 7, 1950.
He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. After which he worked weekends with Paul Shearer doing masonry work while hitch hiking back and forth from The Ohio State University where he obtained his law degree.
Many positions held during his law career were prosecutor for Tipp City, Miami County Prosecutor, Miami County Common Pleas Judge and was the first municipal court judge in Miami County.
He was a long standing member with the American Legion Post No. 586 (past commander, judge advocate), Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 2201, International Order of Odd Fellows and a member of board with Hospice of Miami County.
"Bill" also served as judge advocate for the state of Ohio American Legion and was an active member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Tipp City.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl D. Kessler Sr. and Catherine Bohlender Kessler, brothers, Carl D. Kessler Jr., Donald E. Kessler, James B. Kessler and his loving wife of nearly 57 years, Betty.
Mr. Kessler is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Betty Kessler of New Carlisle; three children, Charles, William and Cheryl of Tipp City, 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, sundries of nieces and nephews and extended Canadian friends/family.
Known for his colorful euphemisms, walking about town, homemade cookies and rice crispy treats (Kessler Krispies) along with his great love of his family and fishing in Canada.
He was loved and will be missed by many.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at Zion Lutheran Church, Tipp City, Pastor Kristen Zimmann officiating.
Family will receive friends from 3-7 p.m. Sunday at the church and one hour prior to the service Monday.
Services have been entrusted to Frings and Bayfliff Funeral Home, 327 W. Main St., Tipp City.
Online condolences may be made to www.fringsandbayliff.com.
In lieu of
flowers, family requests donations to Hospice of Miami County.