Paul Dean Kessler

April 13, 1935June 3, 2018

Paul Dean Kessler, 83, passed away Sunday, June 3rd, 2018. Dean, the only name he would really answer to, is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jean Kessler; sons Jim (Maggie) Kessler, Jeff (Sandra) Kessler, and daughter Wendy (Randy) Hamilton, 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Dean grew up in Munster, IN, married his sweetheart, had their first child and moved to Colorado for a short time before moving back and settling down in Munster again for the next 56 years. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, lifelong member of South Side Christian Church, and played golf when he could. He retired from the Pepsi Cola Co. in Munster as a semi-truck delivery driver and then spent the next 20 years doing what he and Jean loved to do, spoiling the grandkids and great grandkids. Their camping trips would include at least one or two of the grandkids as they all took turns going with Papa and Nanny. Nothing brought him more joy than those kids except for maybe his 1955 Studebaker pick up truck. Dean collected many antiques in his day, mostly Studebaker toy cars and trucks, clocks, Betty Boop collectibles, golf balls, and furniture to hold his treasures. The 1955 Studebaker truck was his pride and joy. He built it to drive and drive it they did. He drove it to Colorado, Minnesota, Texas, Maryland, Florida and all states in between for the National Studebaker Conventions and meets, usually bringing home a trophy or plaque. Since he loved to camp, the truck towed their camper as well. Dean maybe gone but his spirit lives on in his family. There will be a one day visitation/service at Kuiper Funeral home on Thursday, June 7th, 2018 with visitation starting at 2:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. with a memorial service at 6:00 p.m. We invite all of Dean’s friends to share with his family the life of Mr. Studebaker, Dean Kessler!


  • Visitation Thursday, June 7, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Service Thursday, June 7, 2018

Paul Dean Kessler

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Gus and Christine Cokusis

June 7, 2018

Jean & Family,

We read that Paul passed away. Gus has a lot of memories about Paul when they worked together at Pepsi. They had a lot of laughs. He was well liked by all that knew him. We are sorry for you and your family's loss. We know he will be missed greatly. We will keep you and your family in our prayers and thoughts as you go through this difficult time. May your memories give you peace. Thinking of you, Gus and Christine


June 5, 2018

My dad was my best friend. He was the best man at our wedding. We grew up together in so many ways. He passed onto us the need to work hard, honesty, determination, trust, and to stand up to what you believe. As we grew older my vocabulary started to sound more like him all the time. Phrases and sayings, silly words, made up words. I can't tell you how many times we would say the same thing at the same time in the same tone of voice and then we would just look at each other and laugh! He went by many names; Dean, Dad, Pops, Pa, and Hon but I think his favorite was Papa. He had a special relationship with all his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be missed but we will all remember at least one or two of our favorite stories of him. Love you Dad. Jim