Gerald “Jerry” E. Kessler

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Gerald “Jerry” Eugene Kessler, 64, of Garnavillo, died Monday, April 4, 2022, at his home surrounded by his family.

Visitation was Saturday, April 9, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Garnavillo.

Jerry was born on Jan. 18, 1958, to James “Jimbo” and Carla (Kramer) Kessler in Elkader. 

Jerry always was a character, he spent most of his childhood making memories with his family. His love for farming can be attributed to his grandfather, Newel, who Jerry was very fond of. His summers growing up included him being a member of the town’s swim team, which helped keep him out of trouble. In high school he was a member of the Central drama and wrestling team. After graduating Jerry married Crystal Stickfort, they had two children, Jerod and Kate. They later divorced. 

Jerry spent most of his working career with Water Tower Paint and Repair Co. out of Clear Lake. He was a successful foreman and sales representative where he built many long-lasting friendships and relationships. When Jerry was not high up on a water tower he could be found taking down trees, hunting, raising chickens, playing foosball or spending time with his family. Spring mushroom hunting was always one of his favorite times.

Jerry’s door was always open, everyone was welcome at his house and he always had stories to tell. He was known to spend time in the kitchen cooking or baking, he loved sharing whatever he had made. Jerry took a lot of pride in passing those family recipes down. 

He spent several years with his “hunny” Lori Pope until they went their separate ways. In his later years much of his time was spent fishing and tending to his farm. He was very proud of his grandchildren and loved having them around the house.

Jerry will be remembered for his quick-witted sense of humor, his famous one-liners and his big heart. He will be sadly missed by many good friends and his children and grandchildren; his son Jerod (Sarah) Kessler; Logan, Allison, Lexie, Rylan, Braylan; great-grandchild, Luna; his daughter, Kate (JJ Berns) Kessler, Kaitlyn, Lilly, Kael, Kason; his sister, Linda (Terry) Farmer; his brother, Steven “Kris” Kessler, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Jerry is preceded in death by his parents; his infant brother, Jimmy Kessler, Carl Keith Kessler, Danny Nemer and sister-in-law, Stacey Kessler.

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