Russ Kessler 1940-2021

Henry “Russ” Kessler, age 80, of Holton, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021 at a Topeka hospital. Russ was born Oct. 18, 1940 in Roswell, N.M.

Russ graduated from Kirtland High School in Kirtland, N.M. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served from 1959-1970, serving on several bases including overseas. He then served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve for more than 30 years.

Russ worked for the Department of Energy for many years as well as Los Alamos National Laboratories. Russ married Sharon Doherty on Aug. 29, 1981. Russ served as Deputy Sheriff for La Plata County, Colo. Russ was a member of the Kansas Sherriff’s Association. Russ was a member of the VFH American Legion Post #1367 of Holton and the American Legion Post #44 of Holton.

Russ loved horses and training horses. He was a member of Parelli Horsemanship, where he served as an instructor. He also was a member of the Appaloosa Horse Club since 1981. He served as a Colorado Mounted Ranger for more than nine years. He was a life member of the NRA. He was a member of the Freemasons Lodge #20 of Circleville.

Russ is survived by his wife, Sharon, of more than 40 years; two sons, Richard (Wendi) Kessler of Chandler, Ariz. and Jeff (Kate) Kessler of Richmond, Va.; a daughter, Sherri (Robert) Stephens, of Charlotte, N.C.; two brothers, Carl (Cheryl) Kessler of Albuquerque, N.M. and Paul (Betsy) Kessler of Massachusetts; a sister-in-law, Gayle, of Albuquerque, N.M.; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ernie Kessler.

No services are planned at this time.



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