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Dale Kessler



Dale Kessler, 83, of Creston died Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines. Celebration of Life services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, at Powers Funeral Home in Creston. Pastor Mary O’Riley will officiate. Burial will be in Prairie Lawn Cemetery, north of Creston. Open visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, at Powers Funeral Home in Creston. Due to COVID-19 concerns social distancing and masks will be required and the service will be livestreamed on Powers Funeral Home’s Facebook page.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elks National Foundation. Online condolences may be left on the tribute wall at

Dale Ray Kessler, son of Edward Andrew and Lillie Fern (Clark) Kessler was born Aug. 6, 1937, in Spaulding Township in Union County. Dale graduated from Creston High School in 1955. Following school, Dale served his country as part of the U.S. Army, serving 19 months of it in Germany.

Dale was united in marriage to Carolyn Miller in Orient, Nov. 1, 1958. They settled on the farm northwest of Creston. They later divorced. He sold Pioneer Seed Corn for many years.

Dale attended truck driving school in Lamoni. Following school, he drove a truck for Joe Healey hauling livestock and later for Mark Eggman for 15 years. Dale was also involved in home rentals for a time. He retired in 2012.

Dale was a longtime member of the Elks Lodge in Creston, Union County Sheriff’s Posse, Union County Cattleman’s Association, member then president of the Union County Farm Bureau. He was also a Creston Little League baseball coach.

Dale is survived by his daughter Bess (Rick) Leonard of Creston; son Dale “Chip” (wife Marty) Kessler of Altoona; five grandchildren: Blade (Traci) Martwick of Creston, Dan (Bre) Martwick of Neola, Colleen Denton of St. Joseph, Missouri, Abbee (Jesse) Sheely of Lenox and Casie Kessler of Creston; two step-grandchildren: Jennifer (Brandon) True of San Antonio, Texas, Amanda Foley of Des Moines; eleven great-grandchildren and 10 step-great-grandchildren.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, his brother William “Bill” Kessler in 2018 and sister-in-law Doris Kessler in 2019.

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