Herschel Sonier Kessler Jr., 80, a resident of Elkins, passed away Monday morning, Sept. 9, 2013, in Colonial Place in Elkins.
He was born May 28, 1933, a son of the late Herschel Sonier Kessler Sr. and Lilly McDaniel Kessler.
On June 27, 1954, he was married to Lois Irons Kessler, who survives in Elkins. They had celebrated 59 years of marriage.
Also surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Herschel "Herk" Kessler III and wife, Ellen, of Elkins and William "Bill" Kessler and wife, Pam, of Morgantown; brother-in-law, Bishop Neil Irons and wife, Susan, of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; and sister-in-law, Exie Irons of Elkins; and a special nephew Timothy Irons and wife, Dedie, and son, Cooper, of Pittsburgh, Pa. Also surviving are a stepgrandson, Edward Bauer and wife, Anita, and daughter, Hunter, of Arthurdale; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Also preceding him in death were his brother-in-law, Ronald Irons and sister-in-law, Inez Irons.
Herschel was a graduate of Elkins High School with the class of 1951 and then served in the United States Signal Corps from 1954 to 1956. He graduated in 1959 from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration and was employed as a dealer representative for Pure Oil in Ohio and then returned to Elkins and worked as a salesman for Valley Supply. He and his family then moved to Rowlesburg where he was co-owner with Gary Schoonover of Kesco Supply in Rowlesburg. He was a member of the Rowlesburg Volunteer Fire Department and a founding member of the Rowlesburg Ambulance Service.
They then moved to Morgantown where he went into the banking business at Union Federal, Fed One and F & M Bank in Morgantown, later returning to Elkins and opening the first Allstate Insurance office in the area. He was a 50-year-member of Randolph Lodge No. 55 AF & AM and the First United Methodist Church in Elkins. He loved to travel, eat out at all the good restaurants, hunting, fishing and doing remodeling projects around the house. His greatest joy was his family.
Friends may call from 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins.On Friday, he will be moved to the First United Methodist Church in Elkins where a funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Bishop Neil Irons and the Rev. Dallas Forren will officiate. Interment will follow in Maplewood Cemetery where presentation of the American flag will be made by members of H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Hospice, 1600 Crim Ave., Belington, WV 26250 or to the First United Methodist Church, 315 Kerens Ave., Elkins, WV 26241, in memory of Herschel. Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Herschel Sonier Kessler Jr. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.