Bob was born on August 25, 1936, the son of the late Fred and Helen (Schlueter) Kessler in Watertown, WI. Bob married Betty Hurlbut on June 18, 1960 in Stevens Point, WI. He received his Master’s Degree and became a business teacher in the West Allis/West Milwaukee School District. Bob and Betty moved to Waupaca 25 years ago and became very active in the community. Bob was Treasurer for the Waupaca Historical Society and Executive Secretary for the Chain O Lakes Association. For 20+ years, Bob volunteered at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King. He enjoyed helping with ramp bowling and driving the veterans on the pontoon boat so they could fish and enjoy the lakes. He also helped with the Meals On Wheels Program for many years and was active at Trinity Lutheran Church. Bob loved taking his grandchildren boating on the Chain, tubing, skiing and just enjoying the water. He always had his camera with him and was the family photographer. Bob also enjoyed reading history books and collecting model cars and cameras. He had a love for dogs throughout his life and always enjoyed taking a walk with a four-legged friend.
Bob is survived by his wife, Betty Kessler of Waupaca; son, Scott (Renee) Kessler of Kenosha; daughters, Lynn (Robert) Nimmer of New Berlin, Dawn (Christopher) Thomas of New Berlin; sister, Carolyn (Phil) Zuhse of Shawano; grandchildren, Jason (Kris) Kessler, Alexandra (fiancé Matt) Kessler, Ryan (fiancée Katelyn) Knudsen, Stephanie (Jon) Clemins, Mitchell Thomas, Rachel Nimmer, Tayler Kessler, Allison Thomas, Matthew Thomas; great-grandchildren: Abbie, Jillian, Natalie Kessler and Mason Knudsen arriving in April. Also survived by many other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 24th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waupaca. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at the church. Rev. Andy Behrendt is officiating. Burial of cremains will be held at a later date at Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Bob’s name. Holly Funeral Home of Waupaca is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences available at www.hollyfuneralhome.com