Thomas D. Kessler
March 19, 1938 – October 24, 2022
Preceded in death by parents, Zoe and Frank Kessler; wife, Patti (Higgins) Kessler; and brother, Bob Kessler.
Survived by children: Kym Kessler (Steve Herbermann), Tommy Kessler (Cathy), Tony Kessler (Barb); grandchildren: Noah, Levi, Adam, Calla, and Annie “Squirrel Girl”; brother, Frank Kessler (Marianne); special friend, Jeanne Riesen; sister-in-law, Pam Hruska (Keith); brother-in-law, Jerry Leahy (Tuss); many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Tom was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He was married to the love of his life, Patti, for 48 years and together they aised three kids. He worked for his father-in-law, Tony Higgins, owned Tom’s Raceway on 24th and Vinton, and then moved seasonally to Montana in 1985 to run the sugar beet trucking campaign. Montana became Patti and Tom’s second home. Beyond his career, he loved to draw, and he dreamt in cartoons! On any given night, you could catch him at Gorat’s, Malara’s, or B & G. His greatest legacy, however, is his grandchildren, who will continue the Kessler name and always “put their finger to their head and THINK.” Beloved Bopa, along with Grandma Patti, treasured time spent with their grandchildren – whether it was a long car ride to Lake Manawa and Pizza King or hosting a grandkid sleepover with no shortage of junk food. Often after a Montana campaign, they would journey for an annual visit to the Texas 4.
Thank you, Bopa! We love you! Catch you on the Flip-Flop!