March 28, 2012

John R Kessler

Roxbury Township, Mr. John R “Jack” Kessler, 85, died on March 28, 2012 at his home in Succasunna. He was born on September 2, 1926 and grew up and married in Bloomfield, NJ. In 1964 he and his family left Bloomfield and moved to Succasunna. Jack was a WW II Veteran and proudly served in the U S Navy on the destroyer escort USS WARD, DE 243, from 1944-1946.

Jack worked for the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, in Newark, as a quality Control lab technician for 36 years before retiring in 1988. He was an avid NY Giants and Yankees fan and enjoyed frequent trips to Atlantic City to play black jack. He also enjoyed gardening and taking day trips with his daughter, son-in-law, and grandson.

Jack was predeceased by his parents Robert and Gertrude (nee Roberts), wife Mildred (nee Rinehart) of 47 years, brother Howard, and sister Helen Southwell. He is survived by his daughter Christine (and Frank) Fillimon of Madison,  son Russell (and Lynda) Kessler of Edgewater, FL, grandson  Alexander John Fillimon of Madison, brother  Bobby (and Jean) Kessler of Bloomfield, sister Evelyn Schappell of Venice, FL, and many loving nieces, nephews, and friends.

Friends may visit at the Davis and Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main St., Succasunna (973-584-7264) on Friday from 3-5  & 7-9 pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, 4 pm, at the funeral home. You may also visit on Saturday from 9-10 am at the Funeral Home. The internment service will follow at the Restland Memorial Park Cemetery in East Hanover at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the “USS Slater Hull Preservation Fund”, PO Box 1926, Albany, NY 12201.

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