Avery Bassett Kessler
Jan. 9, 1931 ó July 7, 2014
Avery Bassett Kessler (A.B.K.) of Muskego died on Monday, July 7, 2014, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at the age of 83. He was born on January 9, 1931, the son of the late Lewis Hanford and Elizabeth Macasalyn (nee Hill) Kessler.
Avery took great pride in his hometown of Madison, where he attended the University of Wisconsin. He became a member of Beta Theta Pi, Alpha Pi Chapter and obtained his BS in 1952. Interrupted by Uncle Sam and Harry Truman, Avery proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He then pursued his law degree, graduating in 1957. He became a member of the National Fraternity Chapter for lawyers of Phi Delta Phi. Avery worked as a corporate attorney for Gugler Lithographers, which merged to Tempo Communications, a subsidiary of the Milwaukee Journal, until 1984 when he retired. After retirement, he worked as a freelance consultant and most recently worked at Blainís Supply until 2013.
Avery will be sadly missed by his best friend and loving wife of 25 years, Kathleen Kessler (K.M.K.) of Muskego. He will also be missed by his stepdaughter Tracy Kittell (the late Tony) and step-granddaughter Nina Kittell of Waupun. He is further survived by his sister Gwen (the late Rex) John of Bridgeman, Mich., niece Nancy John (Ed Valauskas) of Bridgeman and niece Susan John of Englewood, Fla., along with other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by brother Lew Jr. and sister-in-law Kay.
Avery knew how to enjoy life and keep things simple. As you may know, he was an avid Badgers (GO BUCKY) and Green Bay Packers fan. Nothing was better than having an on-the-rocks vodka martini and a win for Wisconsin. His father and mother were members of the Sons/Daughters of the American Revolution and involved with a multitude of historical organizations. This inspired Averyís love of history and country. He was well versed in one of his favorite aspects of history, the Civil War. Besides being an avid reader, he kept up on world and political events and knew how to have a great conversation. Crossword puzzles were an all-time favorite that could only be improved by pairing with chocolate-covered toffee.
Thank you to the doctors and staff who cared for Avery at Waukesha Memorial, especially in the ICU.
Honoring Averyís wishes, no services will be held.
Memorials are appreciated to the Fisher House Wisconsin, 5000 W. National Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53295; to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675; or to the charity of the donorís choice.
Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, Crematory and Preplanning Services is honored to serve the family. For further information, please call the funeral home at 262-547-4035 or visit our website at www.waukeshafunerals.com to leave the family an online tribute message.