James Robert Kessler, 65, Fargo, ND died Friday, January 14, 2005 at the VA Hospital, Fargo, ND.
James was born January 18, 1939 to Gottlieb & Christine Kessler. He was born in Harvey, ND and raised on the family farm outside of Anamoose, ND. He graduated form high school in 1956 and joined the Air Force and served for 4 years. When he returned he worked construction on various missile sights until he went to the Air Traffic School in Nebraska. He worked as an Air Traffic Controller at Hector International Airport, Fargo, ND until 1981 when he lost his job due to the Air Traffic Controllers strike. He then went to Moorhead State University for 4 years. After graduation he worked at the Fargo Post Office. He also ran the Detox center in Fargo for a few years. Most recently he drove for Selland Motors until his retirement. Jim married Dawn Sehon on August 22, 1967. Together they had a son Troy and he adopted Dawn?s children Mara and Darren. Although Jim and Dawn divorced years later they remained close friends until her death in 1999.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Judy (Estelle) and a brother Roger.
He is survived by his children Mara and her husband Bruce Glasow, Davenport, ND, Darren Kessler, Denver Co., and Troy Kessler, Fargo, ND. His Granddaughters; Stephanie (Jesse) Cook, Mallory, Lauren & Harlee Glasow, Davenport, ND. His brothers Maurice, Colorado Springs, Co., and Dick (Dorothy), Anamoose, ND, his sisters; Joyce (Marvin) Leintz, Denver, Co., Myra (Dick) Casbeer, Waco, TX., Edith (Norman) Krombein, Glendale, AZ and Lonnie Otto, Fargo, ND.
To know Jim was to love him. He never wanted for much and lived a very simple life. He was always ready to lend a helping hand. He touched many lives with his work through the AA program and the Detox center. He wanted peace, love and happiness for all people. His dedication to his faith in the Lord was evident to anyone who met Jim. His last wish was for all people to just love each other, plain and simple.
Jim did not want a memorial service. Please remember him with a prayer and a smile. He wished to be cremated and brought back home to the family farm. If you feel the need to do something, please send a donation to the charity of your choice or tell someone you love them. Those that truly knew Jim will understand.
The family wishes to thank the Fargo VA Hospital for the care Jim received. He could not have been in a better place. The kindness shown to him will not be forgotten. He called you all Angels and you are. Thank you.
A private family service will be at a later date. Arrangements by Fredrikson Funeral Chapel, Kindred, ND. Online guestbook at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com