In memory of
James "Ed" Kesler
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In memory of
James "Ed" Kesler
James Edwin Kesler PORT MURRAY, NJ James "Ed" Kesler, 85, of Port Murray, NJ, passed away suddenly Sept. 14, 2019, at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ. Ed was born on Jan. 11, 1934, in Mount Hope, WV, to the late Dewey and Eva Mae Kesler. Ed graduated from Virginia Poly Tech University as an electrical engineer. He went on to receive his master's degree from NYU where he was involved in the launch and operation of the Telstar program and the initial call between France and the U.S.A. in 1960. He married the love of his life, Carol "Messerschmidt," in 1963. He was employed at AT&T for 33 years. He "retired" and purchased Marlatt's Fruit Farm and formed Tree-Licious Orchards in Port Murray, which he loved. The orchard gave him years of joy developing new varieties of apples and peaches and supplying his customers with special, unusual varieties native to their countries or areas of the United States. During his last week, he chatted with his family about planting new varieties of peaches for the future. Ed was a hard worker who loved his orchard; he loved computers, but above all, he loved his family and treasured every moment spent with them. In addition to his devoted wife of 56 years, Carol Kesler, he is survived by his loving children, Virginia Ann and her husband, Dale Carlson, James Charles Kesler, Susan Margaret and her husband, Sal Athalye, and Elaine Marie and her husband, Robert Johnston, and by his loving grandchildren, Andrew, Benjamin, Victoria, Olivia and William. He is also survived by his brothers, Wayne Kesler and Marvin Galen Kesler, and a sister-in-law, Margaret Freiman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Gary Kesler, and a sister-in-law, Dorothy. Family and friends may pay their respects on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Warren Hills Memorial Home, 234 W. Washington Ave., Washington, NJ 07882. Funeral service will be held on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at 11 a.m., at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 214 State Hwy. 31, Washington, NJ 07882. Burial will immediately follow the service at Fairmount Cemetery, Tewksbury Township, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in James' name to St. Luke's Lutheran Church or Mansfield Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 131, 301 Airport Rd., Port Murray, NJ 07865, www.mansfieldtownship-nj.gov/first-responders Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Warren Hills Memorial Home. To send an online condolence, please visit www.warrenhillsmemorialhome.com . Warren Hills Memorial Home 234 W. Washington Ave. Washington, NJ 07882 (908) 689-0119
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James "Ed" Kesler
James Edwin Kesler PORT MURRAY, NJ James "Ed" Kesler, 85, of Port Murray, NJ, passed away suddenly Sept. 14, 2019, at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ. Ed was born on Jan. 11, 1934, in Mount Hope, WV, to the late Dewey and Eva Mae Kesler. Ed graduated from Virginia Poly Tech University as an electrical engineer. He went on to receive his master's degree from NYU where he was involved in the launch and operation of the Telstar program and the initial call between France and the U.S.A. in 1960. He married the love of his life, Carol "Messerschmidt," in 1963. He was employed at AT&T for 33 years. He "retired" and purchased Marlatt's Fruit Farm and formed Tree-Licious Orchards in Port Murray, which he loved. The orchard gave him years of joy developing new varieties of apples and peaches and supplying his customers with special, unusual varieties native to their countries or areas of the United States. During his last week, he chatted with his family about planting new varieties of peaches for the future. Ed was a hard worker who loved his orchard; he loved computers, but above all, he loved his family and treasured every moment spent with them. In addition to his devoted wife of 56 years, Carol Kesler, he is survived by his loving children, Virginia Ann and her husband, Dale Carlson, James Charles Kesler, Susan Margaret and her husband, Sal Athalye, and Elaine Marie and her husband, Robert Johnston, and by his loving grandchildren, Andrew, Benjamin, Victoria, Olivia and William. He is also survived by his brothers, Wayne Kesler and Marvin Galen Kesler, and a sister-in-law, Margaret Freiman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Gary Kesler, and a sister-in-law, Dorothy. Family and friends may pay their respects on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Warren Hills Memorial Home, 234 W. Washington Ave., Washington, NJ 07882. Funeral service will be held on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at 11 a.m., at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 214 State Hwy. 31, Washington, NJ 07882. Burial will immediately follow the service at Fairmount Cemetery, Tewksbury Township, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in James' name to St. Luke's Lutheran Church or Mansfield Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 131, 301 Airport Rd., Port Murray, NJ 07865, www.mansfieldtownship-nj.gov/first-responders Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Warren Hills Memorial Home. To send an online condolence, please visit www.warrenhillsmemorialhome.com . Warren Hills Memorial Home 234 W. Washington Ave. Washington, NJ 07882 (908) 689-0119
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