Kessler Jr., Kenneth James
March 15, 1933 – June 19, 2017
Age 84 of Mounds View. Passed away peacefully and surrounded by his loving family on June 19, 2017. Formerly of Carbondale, Illinois and Roseville, Minnesota. Preceded in death by parents, Kenneth and Marie Kessler and wife, Constance Lewis Kessler. Survived by sister, Eleanor Rine; children Deborah McMahon, Cyndie Kessler-Criswell, Melanie Trnka, and Thomas Kessler; grandchildren Ryan, Michael, and David McMahon, James Trnka, Teal Foster, and Sabrina Criswell; great-grandchildren, Madeline and Evelyn McMahon, Leah, Natalie, and Jack Foster, and Wyatt Whittaker; and his beloved dog, Nellie. Ken was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, where he met his wife, Connie. He obtained his PhD in Plant Pathology from the University of West Virginia, Morgantown. He spent his entire career working for the U.S. Forest Service in Rhinelander, Wisconsin; Marquette, Michigan; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Carbondale, Illinois. Ken enjoyed reading, classical music and opera, gardening, researching, nature, and watching volleyball and football. Memorial donations may be made to the , the Ramsey County Public Library, or the Ramsey County Humane Society. (Published in Pioneer Press on June 25, 2017).