Robert Kesler

Born August 1, 1925, in Portland, MI, son of Jerome “Buzz” and Mary Kesler, died October 30, 2012, at the age of 87. He was of Lansing, MI.

He was united in marriage to Glada (Otis) Kesler on June 21, 1952. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy as a gunnery officer and first lieutenant. He worked for George Worthington Co. as a Vice President and General Manager before retiring in 1991 after over 40 years of service.  He enjoyed spending his summers at his cottage on Pretty Lake and enjoying time with his family and grand-dogs. He was a graduate and devoted fan of Michigan State University.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sister and brother-in-law, Maxine and Leonard Hicks. He is survived by his 3 daughters, Sue (Tom) Lazaroff, Kay Norris, and Patti (Art) Austin of Florida; 5 grandchildren, Mindi Blair, Lori (Scott) Johnson, Jackilyn (Regie) Rieder, Scott (Stephanie) Lazaroff, and Michael Norris; 8 great-grandchildren, Taylor, Aubrie, and Mason Blair, Ethan, Zach, and Tate Johnson, Aleaha and Brielle Rieder; step-grandson, Marqell Austin; and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give special thanks to his niece, Mary Jo Lifford, for her devotion to him during his last few years, and special thanks to the caring staff at Holt Senior Care and Rehab.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 2, 2012, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, with Pastor James Robinson officiating.  Interment will follow in Deepdale Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association in memory of Robert Kesler.

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Barbara Schut
October 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Hi Sue, Kay, Patti and family-
My heart was saddened to hear about your dad. He was such a wonderful neighbor as all of you are. Made Norm and I laugh so many, many times. I’m so happy and thankful that he went peacefully. I have a lot of good memories of he, Evelyn and I having Cocktail time at around 5:00. I will always remember him!!!

My sympathy to all of you and trust you will find peace through all of this. It is always hard to lose a parent even when we are adults.

My love to you, Barb

Clare and Cindy Ruff
October 31, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Sue, Kay, Patti and family,

Clare and I are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Bob and Glada have left us with many wonderful memories, some including Pretty Lake. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family.

Bonnie (Fairchild) Koeppe
November 1, 2012 at 9:29 am

Sue, Kay, and Patti: I’m so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I know you have many many years of fond memories of your dad. I hope they will bring you comfort.

With deepest condolences,

Kim Redburn
November 1, 2012 at 10:53 am

Drank a lot of beer with this guy.
Played a lot of golf with this guy.
Skied a lot behind his boat with this guy.
Laughed a lot with this guy.
One of the best people I’ve ever met.

Kimberly Tinkey-Austin
November 1, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Pretty Lake will never be the same.

Nan and Bob Wood
November 8, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Dear Sue, Kay, and Patti,

Bob and I send our deepest sympathy to you on this sad occasion. We had so many fun times with your mom and dad during high school and college days. Then we moved to California, but we still kept in touch. Those special memories will be with us always.

With our love,
Nan and Bob


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