Age 67, of Lansing, passed away on September 14, 2011. He was born in VanWert, OH on September 24, 1943. Jim Kesler was an author, artist and athlete, but most importantly he was a family man. He quite simply lived for, and in the service of his family and friends. Very often we praise or mitigate the phases of our loved ones lives as we reflect on their time with us. With Jim there can be only the realization that the constant through his life would be his dedication to his wife and family.
Jim worked in the healthcare field throughout his life, but the passion for becoming a published author and his painting consumed the time spent when he could not attend the event of his wife, son, daughter-in-law or grandchild. He was generous of spirit to all that he encountered and could be counted on for enduring loyalty to those that asked for his help or those that he merely suspected were in need of support.
He is survived by his wife Cathie, son Seth, son Josh and his wife Molly, their daughters Lily and Maisy, son Caleb and wife Jaime, their son Bryant and daughters Delainey and Elliotte.
He will be remembered by those who loved him as someone that was heading out for a run or just getting back from one. Have a good run Dad, we will miss you.
The family will receive friends at the Youth For Christ Facility, 5222 Dumond Ct., Lansing, MI 48917 from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, September 18, 2011 where a Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. with the Rev. Trent Bushnell, Executive Director of Youth For Christ officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Youth For Christ, Smile Train, or the Lansing City Rescue Mission. Arrangements by Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.