Thomas D. Kessler

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!



  • American Driver Service Posted October 29, 2022 6:03 pm

    Prayers to the family of Tom. Thank you for the years of sugar beets!

    • Cathy Kessler Posted October 30, 2022 4:03 pm

      Sugar beets were his joy. He loved that job!

  • Kathleen Heafey Posted October 30, 2022 5:39 pm

    Kym and family, Your dad’s bad jokes were legendary and his teasing relentless . I remember him fondly. I’m happy you had so many years with him. Best, Kathleen

  • Mandi Marcuccio Posted October 30, 2022 6:34 pm

    Prayers for the Kessler family!

  • Sandra Bianchi/Tiffany Newby Posted October 30, 2022 7:41 pm

    So many fun memories of times spent with Tom, Patti and
    family. Their charisma and charm are forever with us in
    memory and in their children. Love and prayers to all.

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