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 Peter Ketellapper Kessler

Peter Ketellapper Kessler

Birth
Sint Annaparochie, Het Bildt Municipality, Friesland, Netherlands
Death 13 Nov 2003 (aged 71)
Mahanoy City, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Danville, Montour County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section 1, Plot 27B, Grave 5
Memorial ID 104051324 · View Source
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My Uncle Peter:

Born Piet Jochems Ketellapper in The Netherlands, he arrived in New Jersey with his mother and older brother on March 14, 1948 via the S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam when he was 15 years old. His father had died when he was age ten. He finished high school in the US and enlisted in the US Army. After he got out of the Army, he changed his name to Peter Kessler.

He spent two years, 1953 & 1954, over in Korea while serving in the Signal Corps. He told me how he had to climb poles & twist wires in 40 degree below zero weather. They would light bales of garbage at the base of the pole to make the job easier. He took many beautiful photos while over there that I'm fortunate to have in the album he created.

Uncle Peter was a self-taught Electrical Engineer. He married a woman he met in AA in 1976, but the marriage didn't last and they had no children. In his later years, he dabbled selling antiques and sold items at flea markets. He bought a row house that he was refurbishing when he died at home of a cardiac arrhythmia at age 71.

When I was around 5 years old, he took me for a ride in his little red sports car & steered with his knees - I remember thinking he was the coolest ever! He was a funny guy who wasn't afraid to be a bit irreverent, & he loved to tell jokes & stories.


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  • Created by: andringa
  • Added: 23 Jan 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 104051324
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Peter Ketellapper Kessler (25 Oct 1932–13 Nov 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 104051324, citing Saint Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery, Danville, Montour County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by andringa (contributor 47639294) .