Harold Vincent Kessler, age 89, formerly of Athens passed away Sept. 17, 2012 at Hickory Creek Nursing Center, The Plains.
Born March 12, 1923 in Logan, he was the son of the late Lawrence & Florence Weiss Kessler.
He graduated from Logan High School in 1943 and served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 489th Quarter Masters Supply Depot Company. He served in the European Theatre which supported the Normandy Invasion and followed the First Army across Northern France and into the Rhineland. Reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant, he was discharged in December 1945 and was awarded the Good Conduct and World War II Victory Medals.
He returned home and enrolled in Ohio University on the G.I. Bill. His undergraduate degree was in Music Education. After graduation, he taught music in Remus, Michigan. He then returned to Ohio University where he completed his graduate degree in Music Education. After completing his Masters, he accepted a position with Athens City Schools where he taught music for thirty-three years. He retired from the Athens City Schools in 1983. After retiring, he worked for Ohio University where he supervised student teachers and was a member of the Ohio University Orchestra playing violin. He was a member of Saint Paul’s Roman Catholic Church where he sang in the choir and played violin for many years.
Harold is survived by his wife Zita Connor Kessler; two daughters, Ms. Lynn Sullivan of The Plains and Mrs. Steven (Julie) Bartram of Huntington, WV; a son, Dr. Fritz (Loretta) Kessler of Frostburg, Maryland; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren; and a sister Mrs. Samuel (Catherine) Angelo of Logan.
Besides his parents he is preceded in death by three brothers, Charles Kessler of Dayton, Monsignor Edward Kessler of Sugar Grove and Leo Kessler of Zanesville and a sister, Betty Rimelspach of Logan.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday 10:00 am at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, Athens with co-celebrants Monsignor Patrick Gaughan and Father Jeff Rimelspach. Burial will be in Oakgrove Cemetery, Logan on Saturday at 2:00 pm. Friends may call Friday 5-7 at Jagers & Sons Funeral Home, Athens. Vigil for the Deceased will be Friday 7:00 pm at the funeral home. Military rites will be conducted by the Hocking County Honor Guard at the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Saint Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 38 N. College St., Athens, Ohio 45701.
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