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Boyd Joseph Kessler

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Boyd Joseph Kessler

Birth
Lewistown, Fergus County, Montana, USA
Death
20 Sep 2012 (aged 82)
Columbia Falls, Flathead County, Montana, USA
Burial
Missoula, Missoula County, Montana, USA GPS-Latitude: 46.852708, Longitude: -114.05686
Plot
Sec 5, Row 3, Plot 12
Memorial ID
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VETERAN
US ARMY
KOREAN WAR

Boyd, 82, a longtime resident of Condon, passed away Sept. 20, 2012, at the Montana State Veterans Home in Columbia Falls from Alzheimer's and cancer.

Boyd was born July 23, 1930, in Lewiston and raised in Deer Lodge. He enlisted in the Army in August 1948, and served in the Korean War as a gunner with the 105 mm Howitzer Unit 37th Field Artillery Battalion until he was wounded in November 1950.

Upon his return to the States and his rehabilitation, he met and married Virginia in Seattle in 1953. They gradually worked their way back to Montana and ended up in Missoula. After years of weekend trips to the family cabin on Holland Creek, Boyd went to work for the U.S. Forest Service and eventually ended up in Condon where he retired in 1987. He enjoyed many years of fishing, hunting, camping and tending to his raspberry patch.

Boyd was preceded in death by his wife of almost 58 years, Virginia.

Boyd is survived by three sons and one daughter, R.A. Nixon of Colonial Heights, Va., Rod (Cherryol) Kessler of Missoula, Rusty (Shannon) Kessler of Condon and Randi (Craig) Rinker of Deer Park, Wash.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He also is survived by one sister, Sharon Stevens of Arlee; and one brother, Ted
Wheeler of Orofino, Idaho.


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As per Dad's request, cremation has taken place and both he and Mom will be interred with military honors together at the Western Montana Veterans Cemetery in Missoula on Oct. 3 at 10 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Montana Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association or the American Cancer Society.

-Source: Missoulian, 2012.

PURPLE HEARTS OF NOBLE
BY Peggy L. Thornton
B o y d K e s l e r P o e m 2 0 0 8
C u t e b a b e h e w a s ,
B r o t h e r s a n d s i s t e r s ,
H i s b e s t f r i e n d s t h e y w e r e .
H e g r e w i n s t a t u r e t o a m a n .
U . S . A . h a d i t s d e m a n d .
H a d h i m f i g h t K o r e a  s l a n d ,
F o r o u r c o u n t r y  s s t a n d .
H i s h e l m e t f e l l o f f .
O u t o f t h e t r u c k .
H e j u m p e d o u t t o g e t i t .
T h e w h o l e t r u c k t h e n b l e w u p .
H i s b u d d i e s w e r e g o n e ,
S h o c k e d h e w a s .
T h e e n e m y m u l t i p l e f i r e d .
B o y d r e c e i v e d b u l l e t s f i v e .
O n e i n l e g .
O n e i n h e e l .
O n e i n a r m .
T w o i n h i p .
I n a g o n y h e w a s .
B l e e d i n g p r o f u s e
R e f u g e h e s o u g h t .
T o H e r o t r u c k n e a r b y h e r a c e d .
F i n d i n g s l i g h t s a f e t y .
W i t h o t h e r w o u n d e d ,
A n d o t h e r s g o n e
O n t o t h e d i v i n e .
N e x t t h i n g h e k n o w s ,
I n M . A . S . H . u n i t h e a w a k e s ,
P a t c h e d u p t o b e s e n t ,
T o T o k y o H o s p i t a l t o r e n e w a n d r e v i v e .
T h e n s e n t t o t h e s t a t e s ,
F o r m a n y w e e k s o n e n d .
H e a l e d n o w f o r g o i n g h o m e ,
T o b l e s s e d f a m i l y o f h i s .
P u r p l e h e a r t h e d i d g e t ,
F o r t h e s e r v i c e t h a t h e d i d .
F a m o u s h e w a s
A n d h i s s t o r y h e d i d t e l l .
B r a v e r y w a s h i s .
S t a y i n g a l i v e i n f a i t h ,
A n e n s i g n f o r a l l h i s f e l l o w m e n
A y o u n g l a d y h e m e t ,
F u l l o f l a u g h t e r a n d c h e e r .
T h e y t a u g h t w i t h h u m o r m u c h ,
F o r o u r f a m i l y .
T o m o u n t a i n s t h e y w o u l d g o .
H u c k l e b e r r i e s a r e f r e e .
S y r u p t h e y m a d e
F o r p a n c a k e s y o u s e e .
O n e d a y o n a h u n t ,
F o r M o n t a n a E l k , ,
A n i m a l i n b u s h e s h e s p i e d .
A i m e d h e d i d
R i g h t b e t w e e n t h e e y e s .
T h e a n i m a l f e l l .
H e g a t h e r e d t h e p e l t .
I t w a s n o t a n e l k
I t w a s b i g g e r t h a n h e .
A 6 0 0 l b g r i z z l y
H a d s p i e d h i m t o o .
H e h a d h i s o w n l i f e s a v e d .
I n n e w s p a p e r t h e s t o r y w a s ,
A b o u t h i s n e a r d e m i s e ,
F r o m g r i z z l y l o o k i n g f o r m e a t !
V i r g i n i a h i s g i r l w a s ,
S o l o v i n g a n d k i n d .
H e r s p o u s e w a s o n e l o s t i n t h e t r u c k .
L o n e l y s h e w a s .
B o y d n o w c h e r i s h e d h e r l o v i n g e y e s .
A c o u p l e t h e y w e r e
C h i l d r e n t h e y h a d .
I n w i s d o m t h e y g r e w
A n d t h e i r c h i l d r e n t o o .
F a m i l y c a m p i n g t h e y l o v e d .
S h e h e l p e d t h e w o m e n a t c a m p ,
W h o b e w i l d e r e d t h e y w e r e .
te n t t h e r e w a s ,
T o b e t a k e n d o w n w i t h o u t m e n ,
W h i l e t h e w o m e n g a t h e r e d ,
V i r g i n i a d i s a p p e a r e d .
T h e n e x t t h i n g w e k n e w
O u t o f l a r g e t e n t V i r g i n i a c a m e ,
C a r r y i n g l a r g e p o l e
T o o b i g f o r h e r s h o r t s i z e
S a y i n g ,
I s a n y b o d y m i s s i n g t h i s ?
T e n t n o w c o l l a p s e d d o w n !
T h e t e n t p e g s w e p u l l e d .
F o l d e d t e n t u p ,
S o t h e m e n w o u l d b e p r o u d ,
V i r g i n i a s k n e w
T h e o n l y w a y t o g e t t h r o u g h t o u s ,
T h e n e e d e d a c t i o n t o p e r f o r m .
M e m o r i e s I h a v e
O f t h e s e h a p p y t w o ,
L o v i n g f u l l
O f c h a r i t y g i f t ,
F u n a n d l a u g h t e r t o o .
T h e y w o u l d w a n t a l l o f u s t o b e
J u s t a s c o u r a g e o u s a n d b r a v e .
W i s d o m w a s t h e i r s .
T o l o v e u s t h e y d o ,
E v e n t h r o u g h a l l t h e y e a r s .
V i r g i n i a n o w r e s t s ,
W i t h c a r i n g a r o u n d .
B o y d t o s t r e a m g o e s ,
F o r f i s h e s t o c a t c h a n d v i e w .
F o r e s t s p e a c e g i v i n g ,
R e m e m b e r i n g p a t i e n t l y ,
H o w t o l i f e
H e w a s t r u e ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !


VETERAN
US ARMY
KOREAN WAR

Boyd, 82, a longtime resident of Condon, passed away Sept. 20, 2012, at the Montana State Veterans Home in Columbia Falls from Alzheimer's and cancer.

Boyd was born July 23, 1930, in Lewiston and raised in Deer Lodge. He enlisted in the Army in August 1948, and served in the Korean War as a gunner with the 105 mm Howitzer Unit 37th Field Artillery Battalion until he was wounded in November 1950.

Upon his return to the States and his rehabilitation, he met and married Virginia in Seattle in 1953. They gradually worked their way back to Montana and ended up in Missoula. After years of weekend trips to the family cabin on Holland Creek, Boyd went to work for the U.S. Forest Service and eventually ended up in Condon where he retired in 1987. He enjoyed many years of fishing, hunting, camping and tending to his raspberry patch.

Boyd was preceded in death by his wife of almost 58 years, Virginia.

Boyd is survived by three sons and one daughter, R.A. Nixon of Colonial Heights, Va., Rod (Cherryol) Kessler of Missoula, Rusty (Shannon) Kessler of Condon and Randi (Craig) Rinker of Deer Park, Wash.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He also is survived by one sister, Sharon Stevens of Arlee; and one brother, Ted
Wheeler of Orofino, Idaho.


R


As per Dad's request, cremation has taken place and both he and Mom will be interred with military honors together at the Western Montana Veterans Cemetery in Missoula on Oct. 3 at 10 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Montana Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association or the American Cancer Society.

-Source: Missoulian, 2012.

PURPLE HEARTS OF NOBLE
BY Peggy L. Thornton
B o y d K e s l e r P o e m 2 0 0 8
C u t e b a b e h e w a s ,
B r o t h e r s a n d s i s t e r s ,
H i s b e s t f r i e n d s t h e y w e r e .
H e g r e w i n s t a t u r e t o a m a n .
U . S . A . h a d i t s d e m a n d .
H a d h i m f i g h t K o r e a  s l a n d ,
F o r o u r c o u n t r y  s s t a n d .
H i s h e l m e t f e l l o f f .
O u t o f t h e t r u c k .
H e j u m p e d o u t t o g e t i t .
T h e w h o l e t r u c k t h e n b l e w u p .
H i s b u d d i e s w e r e g o n e ,
S h o c k e d h e w a s .
T h e e n e m y m u l t i p l e f i r e d .
B o y d r e c e i v e d b u l l e t s f i v e .
O n e i n l e g .
O n e i n h e e l .
O n e i n a r m .
T w o i n h i p .
I n a g o n y h e w a s .
B l e e d i n g p r o f u s e
R e f u g e h e s o u g h t .
T o H e r o t r u c k n e a r b y h e r a c e d .
F i n d i n g s l i g h t s a f e t y .
W i t h o t h e r w o u n d e d ,
A n d o t h e r s g o n e
O n t o t h e d i v i n e .
N e x t t h i n g h e k n o w s ,
I n M . A . S . H . u n i t h e a w a k e s ,
P a t c h e d u p t o b e s e n t ,
T o T o k y o H o s p i t a l t o r e n e w a n d r e v i v e .
T h e n s e n t t o t h e s t a t e s ,
F o r m a n y w e e k s o n e n d .
H e a l e d n o w f o r g o i n g h o m e ,
T o b l e s s e d f a m i l y o f h i s .
P u r p l e h e a r t h e d i d g e t ,
F o r t h e s e r v i c e t h a t h e d i d .
F a m o u s h e w a s
A n d h i s s t o r y h e d i d t e l l .
B r a v e r y w a s h i s .
S t a y i n g a l i v e i n f a i t h ,
A n e n s i g n f o r a l l h i s f e l l o w m e n
A y o u n g l a d y h e m e t ,
F u l l o f l a u g h t e r a n d c h e e r .
T h e y t a u g h t w i t h h u m o r m u c h ,
F o r o u r f a m i l y .
T o m o u n t a i n s t h e y w o u l d g o .
H u c k l e b e r r i e s a r e f r e e .
S y r u p t h e y m a d e
F o r p a n c a k e s y o u s e e .
O n e d a y o n a h u n t ,
F o r M o n t a n a E l k , ,
A n i m a l i n b u s h e s h e s p i e d .
A i m e d h e d i d
R i g h t b e t w e e n t h e e y e s .
T h e a n i m a l f e l l .
H e g a t h e r e d t h e p e l t .
I t w a s n o t a n e l k
I t w a s b i g g e r t h a n h e .
A 6 0 0 l b g r i z z l y
H a d s p i e d h i m t o o .
H e h a d h i s o w n l i f e s a v e d .
I n n e w s p a p e r t h e s t o r y w a s ,
A b o u t h i s n e a r d e m i s e ,
F r o m g r i z z l y l o o k i n g f o r m e a t !
V i r g i n i a h i s g i r l w a s ,
S o l o v i n g a n d k i n d .
H e r s p o u s e w a s o n e l o s t i n t h e t r u c k .
L o n e l y s h e w a s .
B o y d n o w c h e r i s h e d h e r l o v i n g e y e s .
A c o u p l e t h e y w e r e
C h i l d r e n t h e y h a d .
I n w i s d o m t h e y g r e w
A n d t h e i r c h i l d r e n t o o .
F a m i l y c a m p i n g t h e y l o v e d .
S h e h e l p e d t h e w o m e n a t c a m p ,
W h o b e w i l d e r e d t h e y w e r e .
te n t t h e r e w a s ,
T o b e t a k e n d o w n w i t h o u t m e n ,
W h i l e t h e w o m e n g a t h e r e d ,
V i r g i n i a d i s a p p e a r e d .
T h e n e x t t h i n g w e k n e w
O u t o f l a r g e t e n t V i r g i n i a c a m e ,
C a r r y i n g l a r g e p o l e
T o o b i g f o r h e r s h o r t s i z e
S a y i n g ,
I s a n y b o d y m i s s i n g t h i s ?
T e n t n o w c o l l a p s e d d o w n !
T h e t e n t p e g s w e p u l l e d .
F o l d e d t e n t u p ,
S o t h e m e n w o u l d b e p r o u d ,
V i r g i n i a s k n e w
T h e o n l y w a y t o g e t t h r o u g h t o u s ,
T h e n e e d e d a c t i o n t o p e r f o r m .
M e m o r i e s I h a v e
O f t h e s e h a p p y t w o ,
L o v i n g f u l l
O f c h a r i t y g i f t ,
F u n a n d l a u g h t e r t o o .
T h e y w o u l d w a n t a l l o f u s t o b e
J u s t a s c o u r a g e o u s a n d b r a v e .
W i s d o m w a s t h e i r s .
T o l o v e u s t h e y d o ,
E v e n t h r o u g h a l l t h e y e a r s .
V i r g i n i a n o w r e s t s ,
W i t h c a r i n g a r o u n d .
B o y d t o s t r e a m g o e s ,
F o r f i s h e s t o c a t c h a n d v i e w .
F o r e s t s p e a c e g i v i n g ,
R e m e m b e r i n g p a t i e n t l y ,
H o w t o l i f e
H e w a s t r u e ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !




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