[AARA] Obituary for Robert Keith Kessell KD5JJJ

Herman Campbell kn5grk at lusfiber.net
Thu Jun 26 18:46:08 CDT 2014

Obituary for Robert Keith Kessell, KD5JJJ

      Robert Keith Kessell, of BEAUMONT, TX , 81 years old, passed into 
eternal life on Sunday, 22 June, 2014 while in care at Harbor Hospice.
      Keith was born to Naomi Ruth Kessell in 1932, and was raised in 
Dunbar, West Virginia. After completing High School, Keith met and fell 
in love with Mary Josephine Merideth. Keith and Mary shared 59 years of 
loving marriage prior to Mary's passing in 2010. For 30 years Keith and 
Mary lived in Hamilton, Ohio and were members of Lindenwald United 
Methodist Church there.           While living in Hamilton, Keith and 
Mary raised their two children, Joseph Kessell and Katherine 
Kessell-Williams. Both Joseph and Katherine later moved to southeast 
Texas and in turn Keith and Mary followed to be nearer to their children 
and grandchildren. Making their home in Beaumont, TX, Keith and Mary 
became active members of Wesley United Methodist Church.
     Keith was a veteran, attaining the rank of Corporal in the U.S. 
Army during the Korean War era. After his Army service and until 
retirement, Keith was employed by Sysco Corporation as a Food and 
Beverage Specialist. Keith was also a ham radio operator and enthusiast, 
and served his community as a link in the emergency radio communications 
     Keith is preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary in 2010 and his 
son, Joseph in March of 2014.
     Keith's surviving family includes daughter-in-law Marsha; Joseph's 
daughter, Joann, her husband Tim, their son Levi and daughter Emileigh, 
also Joseph's son James and his son Travis. Keith is also survived by 
daughter Katherine, her husband, David, their children Shannon, Morgan, 
his wife Jessica and Sean and future wife Mariah.
Visitation services are to be held from 5:00 -- 7:00 pm, Saturday, June 
28, 2014 at Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home in Beaumont. Funeral 
services will be at Wesley United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 29, 
2014 at 3:00 pm.


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