Joseph Kessler


Joseph Edward Kessler, 89, a resident of Fairfield, passed away Saturday, March 30, 2024 at Good Samaritan Society in Ottumwa.

Graveside services will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 15, 2024 at Pleasant Plain Friends Cemetery in Pleasant Plain. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. Behner Funeral Home in Fairfield is assisting the family.

Joe was born September 23, 1934 the son of Arthur and Thelma (Coil) Kessler. He served in the United States Army. Joe married Mary Britt, December 19, 1959. She preceded him in death November 1, 2018.

Joe worked as a semi-driver for 20 years at Modine in Fairfield. He loved to talk to people about driving his semi. He enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, and visiting with friends.

Those left to honor his memory include his daughter, Roberta Nicholson of Guthrie Center, Iowa; grandchildren, Cassie and Keenan Nicholson; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Marjorie McMillan of Cedar Rapids and Dixie Watson of Mt. Pleasant.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; twin sister, Josephine; sister, Marie; and brother, William.

Online condolences may be made to Joe’s family by viewing his obituary at

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