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Donald “Don” Theodore Kessler

June 3, 1933 ~ January 11, 2020 (age 86)

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Donald “Don” Theodore Kessler, age 86 of Grand Haven, passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Mercy Hospital. He was born on June 3, 1933 in Mount Pleasant, MI to the late Albert and Philomina (Andres) Kessler.

Don proudly served his country in the US Navy from 1952-1956, during the Korean Conflict Era. Upon his return from deployment, he married Joan Starr on November 3, 1956 in Big Rapids, MI. Don was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and worked for the Grand Rapids City Water Dept. for 30 years, until his retirement. He loved his grandchildren and enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, playing bingo, and going on trips to the casino. Don also had a passion for gardening, and tinkering in his workshop.

He will be lovingly remembered and missed by his wife of 63 years, Joan; sons, Dennis (Jeanine) Kessler of Prattville, AL, Mark Kessler of Holland, MI, Gary (Joan) Kessler of Grand Haven, and Gregory Kessler of Grand Haven; 10 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; sister, Susanne Hickman of Arvada, CO; sisters-in-law, Connie Kessler, Carol Kessler, and Grace (Keith) Starr; brother-in-law, Ken DeMolen; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Joan; daughter-in-law, Sandy Kessler; sisters, Roseanne Navseta and Clarabelle DeMolen; brothers, William and Kenneth Kessler; sister-in-law, Caroline Smith; and brothers-in-law, Al Hickman and Roy Smith.

The Funeral Service for Don will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 17, 2020 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Fr. Chuck Schwartz officiating. Full Military Rites to be performed by the American Legion, Charles A. Conklin Post 28. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 16th at Klaassen Family Funeral Home. Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Interment will be at Lake Forest Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or St. Patrick - St. Anthony Catholic Parish Church. 

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January 16, 2020

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Klaassen Family Funeral Home
1500 Robbins Road
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Recitation of the Rosary
January 16, 2020

7:30 PM
Klaassen Family Funeral Home
1500 Robbins Road
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Funeral Service
January 17, 2020

11:00 AM
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
920 Fulton St.
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Cemetery Interment

Lake Forest Cemetery
1304 Lake Ave
Grand Haven, MI 49417


American Cancer Society-Michigan
129 Jefferson Avenue SE, Grand Rapids MI 49503
Tel: 1-800-227-2345

St. Patrick~St. Anthony Parish
920 Fulton Street, Grand Haven MI 49417

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