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Leslie A. Kessler, 68, of Aberdeen, and formerly of Mina, SD passed away Thursday, March 15, 2018, at his home in Aberdeen.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 409 2nd Avenue NE, Aberdeen, with Father Grant Lacey as celebrant.
Leslie’s wishes were to be cremated. Burial, with military rites, will take place at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Aberdeen.
Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen, is in charge of arrangements. Friends may sign Leslie’s online guestbook and also view his service via the live stream service link at www.schriversmemorial.com.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, at the mortuary, with a liturgical wake service beginning at 7:00 p.m. Visitation continues one hour prior to Mass at the church on Wednesday.
A time of fellowship and luncheon will be at the Eagle’s Club following the burial.
Leslie A. Kessler was born November 26, 1949, to Harold and Mildred (Johnson) Kessler in Aberdeen. He grew up on the family farm near Mina, attended rural schools, and graduated from Aberdeen Central High School with the Class of 1968. Leslie then attended Northern State College and also attended Auctioneering school.
Leslie enlisted in the US Army in 1969. He received his Honorable Discharge in 1976 and returned to the family farm.
Leslie married Shirley Armstrong in 1977 in Aberdeen. He continued farming and ranching near Mina for many years and also worked at Aberdeen Livestock and Hub City Livestock. His true passion was working with and raising cattle, which he pursued until he was forced to retire due to ill health, at which time he moved to Aberdeen.
Leslie was a member of the Aberdeen Eagle’s Club. In his spare time he enjoyed attending county fairs, going to rodeos, country music concerts, karaoke, playing cards, and horseback riding. Leslie especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Leslie is survived by one son, Michael (Wendy) Kessler of Brandon, SD; one daughter, Melissa (Greg) Webb of Aberdeen; two brothers: Chuck (Perry) Kessler of Wetonka, SD and Lyle (Jean) Kessler of Mina, SD; one sister, Laurie (Dave) Nelson of Sioux Falls, SD; and seven grandchildren.
Leslie was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Amanda; and one brother, David.