In loving memory of

Keith Alan Kessler
March 26, 1934 - January 24, 2021

Keith Alan Kessler, age 86, of Quincy, died on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 12:30 am in Sunset Home.

He was born March 26, 1934 in Hammond, Indiana the son of Chester and Gladys N. McCully Kessler.

Keith was a 1952 graduate of Shelbyville High School. He received his Bachelor in Arts from Kirksville Teachers' College in 1956, and attained an MBA from Kansas University. Keith worked as an educator for the Quincy public schools for 29 years. He volunteered and delivered Meals on Wheels for several years and he also volunteered at the Quincy Museum. Keith was very caring toward animals and loved his dogs.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Private graveside services will be held at Shelby Memorial Cemetery in Shelbyville, Missouri with the Rev. Henry Pratt officiating.

Memorials are suggested to the Kessler Scholarship at North Shelbyville High School or Quincy Museum. Memorial donations may be made online at

Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.


Kathy Emerick wrote on Jan 30, 2021:

"I neighbored with Keith for 30 years. He was a good friend, an exceptional educator, loved his terriers, especially Winnie. He had a fondness for light rolls. A dedicated son to his father. I lost track of him after he moved from our neighborhood, but thought of him so often. My condolences to his extended family. "

Brandy Frey wrote on Jan 26, 2021:

"Mr Kessler was my 5th grade teacher. He was my favorite teacher because he had a way of making me feel important. When we were studying electricity, he called me Mrs Kilowatt when I got something right. It was so silly but made me feel so good. I did get a chance years ago to tell him what he meant to me and I'm so glad I did. My condolences to his family."

Rosemary Tenvorde wrote on Jan 26, 2021:

"I was fortunate to know Keith in his last months at Sunset Home. I always looked forward to his big smile. He was a wonderful, positive person. I'm sorry for his loss and trust his extended family has comfort and peace from God during this sad time. Prayerfully, Rosemary"

mikka wrote on Jan 24, 2021:

"mr Kesler was my 5th grade teacher and he was an awsome man. sorry for your loss"