Thomas J. Kessler, 90, of White Heath, IL, passed away on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at Piatt County Nursing Home, Monticello, IL. He was born on December 13, 1930 in Strawn, IL to Clarence and Florence Hinton Kessler. He married Betty L. Stach on December 22, 1957.
There will be a graveside funeral service at 12:00 (noon) on May 17, 2021 at Ingram Cemetery in White Heath. Military rites will be accorded by Mahomet American Legion Post #1015.
Thomas is survived by his wife Betty, of White Heath. Daughter, Dianne Tellschow (Dave) of Mahomet, Sons, Paul Kessler (Cindy Schairer-Kessler) of Maryville, MO and Kevin Kessler of Mahomet. Grandchildren: Kaitlyn Lessen(Jake) of Washington, IL; Dustin Tellschow of Nashville, TN; Graham & Clayton Kessler of Mahomet and Billy and Joey Kessler of Maryville, MO.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Elinor Steidinger and Lois Myers.
Tom served his country in the Korean War from 1/7/1952 – 10/31/1953. He enjoyed an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. in October of 2014 with many of his fellow veterans.
Tom worked at the University of Illinois almost his entire working life and retired from there as an electronics technician.
Tom was an antique car enthusiast and a member of the Antique Collector Car Club of C-U. He was a member of the Mahomet American Legion proudly serving on the color guard unit. He enjoyed many years of hunting and fishing in his younger years.
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