Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
August 23, 2012 10:51 am EDT


MOUNT VERNON — Kenneth William Kessler, 69, of Mount Vernon, died Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at his residence.

Kenneth was born April 11, 1943, to James and Dorothy Marie Kessler and had spent most of his lifetime in the Knox County area. Best known as “Kenny” to his friends and family, he was a true sports enthusiast at heart. He played football, basketball and baseball through his school years. Kenny also played and coached softball for many years. He found great pleasure in watching his grandchildren’s wrestling matches, baseball and football games. Kenny was an avid hunter and fisherman. He had an enormous heart for his friends and family and found great pleasure in bringing joy to others. Kenny will be deeply missed by many.

Kenny had been employed at Mount Vernon Asphalt Paving for many years and retired as a foreman for the Shelly and Sands Corp. He was a former member of the Colonial City Moose Lodge in Mount Vernon.

Surviving are his wife, Lois (Jackson) Kessler; his daughters, Karra (Mark) Kessler McKenzie and Jennifer (Donnie) McNeil; sons, Kevin (Dawn) Keys, Christopher Alan Keys and Shawn William Keys; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers, James Donald Kessler and Rickie Neil Kessler; sisters, Betty Turner, Virginia Brooks and Kim Lopiccolo; and his lifelong best friends, Craig Payne and his family; and so many others who were close to his heart.

A gathering to celebrate the life of Kenneth W. Kessler will be Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Rambo Street in Danville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. To send a private online condolence to the family, visit The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Kenneth W. Kessler.

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