Marvin E. Kessler

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Marvin E. Kessler, 86, Topeka, passed away Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004, at his home. He will be greatly missed by his wife, family and friends. Mr. Kessler was born June 1, 1918, in Sac City, Iowa, the son of Frank P. and Edna Simonson Kessler. He married Harriet A. Samways on Oct. 14, 1946, in Duluth, Minn. She survives. Other survivors include sons, Scott Kessler, and his wife, Elizabeth Dion, Fernandina Beach, Fla., and Bruce Kessler, and his wife, Lisa Langelier, Colville, Wash.; a daughter, Janice Cobb, and her husband, Martin, Centennial, Colo.; and three granddaughters, Jessica Cobb, Kelsey Cobb and Linnea Kessler. Marvin graduated from Sac City High School in 1936 and from Iowa State University in 1940 with an electrical engineering degree. He was a service engineer for IBM for 42 years, a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church for 55 years and active with the Northeast Kansas Amateur Astronomers' League. Marvin enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, traveling, electronics, astronomy and scouting. He was preceded in death by a brother, Forrest Kessler; and a sister, Marjorie Phillips. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery. Mr. Kessler will lie in state after 4 p.m. today at Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1275 S.W. Boswell, Topeka, 66604, or Northeast Kansas Amateur Astronomers' League: NEKAAL, P.O. Box 951, Topeka, 66601. Online condolences may be made at www.penwellgabel.com .
Published in Topeka Capital-Journal from Oct. 9 to Oct. 10, 2004