Bobby Ernest Kessler

February 18, 1945September 25, 2021

BOBBY ERNEST KESSLER Bobby E. Kessler, 75, of Springdale, Fayette County, went home to be with the Lord on September 25, 2021 following a chronic illness. Born February 18, 1945 in Quinwood, WV; Bobby was the son of the late Harry Ernest Kessler and Alice Belle Hayes Kessler. As a young man at the age of 16, he served his country in the US Navy, going aboard the USS ALBANY C G-10, the ship was christened shortly following this making him a plank owner. He served three years on board, then 25 more years in the reserves serving with the Seabee Unit, with his final promotion being a Chief E-5 Petty Officer. Bobby was a Technician for General Motors in Flint, Michigan retiring following 30 years of dedicated service. Bobby earned a 5th Degree Black Belt in Judo during his years in Flint, traveling with his instructor, teaching and training Judo. Following his retirement, he and his wife, Elaine (Teetle), moved to Springdale living out the rest of his life. For the last 10 years they wintered in Florida where they attended Beulah Baptist Church with Pastor Roger Phillips. In addition to his parents, Bobby was preceded in death by his daughter, DeAnna Lynn Kessler in February 2021; five sisters, Alice Faye, Wanda, twin sister, Betty, Janet and Sherry. Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 57 years, Elaine; granddaughter, Hannah Elaine Redden; grandson, Noah Mason Kessler Redden; great-grandson, Dawson; two brothers, Ira Kessler and Butch Kessler; many nieces and nephews; extended family and friends. A service to celebrate the life of Bobby Ernest Kessler will be held 11:00AM Saturday, October 2, 2021 at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley with Pastor Roger Fox of the Oak Grove Baptist Church, Backus Mountain officiating. Following the service Bobby will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Military Honors will be provided by the Mercer County Veterans Honor Guard and family and friends will be serving as pallbearers. Friends may gather with the family from 5:00PM until 7:00PM Friday at the funeral home. Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting The family requests for the safety and well being of all those in attendance, that facial coverings please be worn and social distancing please be practiced. Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley is honored to be serving the Kessler Family.


  • Family and Friends


  • Gathering of Family and Friends

    Friday, October 1, 2021

  • Celebration of Bobby's Life

    Saturday, October 2, 2021


Bobby Ernest Kessler

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Buford Morton

October 10, 2021

My always friend, Bobby i miss you. I am so thankful to have you and Teetle as 2 of my very best friends. You both will forever be in my heart.
R I P my friend.

James Ecker

October 1, 2021

I miss you brother, Say hello to Carol for me.

Jodi Bundy

September 30, 2021

Much love to Elaine and family on the loss of Bob. You know how much I love you, Bob and Deanna. How much I wish I could be there to hug you and tell you so in person. Praying for you in the days ahead.

Linda Gillette

September 30, 2021

It is so hard to say goodbye to such a quiet and humble friend. He was so devoted to his wife Elaine and never ashamed to display affection whether it be at home or in public for her. A marriage made in Heaven. I will miss our Chico buffets that that you, Ellaine, O'Dell and I made time for when you were in Florida for the winter. Such wonderful memories. Rest in peace and know that you will be missed. 💙🙏😢

Roger Phillips

September 30, 2021

i am so glad that I was able to meet and spend some time with Bob and his wonderful family.

Marge Curtis

September 29, 2021

Bob and Elaine Kessler were very good friends of ours. O'Dell and Linda Gillette were very close as well to my husband Bill and I. We all said "goodbye" to our dear husbands in a little over a year. We used to have the Kesslers and the Gillettes over for dinner at our house. Such wonderful memories. We went to Bingo, lunch at the Womens' Club, dinners at the community center. We LOVED our church and enjoyed worship together.

Brenda Gatica

September 29, 2021

I remember Bob as a kind neighbor of mine when he lived in Flint. He and my husband, Alex, both worked for Buick. Their daughter and my children played together all the time. I really missed them when they moved to West Virginia. Life goes on but you never forget the great people in your life. Bob will be missed by all the people who knew and loved him. May he rest in peace. Love you Elaine.