Dr. William Burnell Kessler, 84, a retired dentist, died Wednesday November 26, 2013, at Avera-McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the United Church of Christ in Brookings. Eidsness Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Dr. Kessler was born Dec. 16, 1928, in Oklahoma City, Okla., to Walter and Louise (Killinger) Kessler. He was a graduate of Central High School in Oklahoma City and attended Washington University in St. Louis.
He graduated from Oklahoma City University. Inspired by his father’s dental profession, he graduated from Loyola Medical University in Chicago with a doctor of dental surgery degree.
He served in the U.S. Navy, both active and reserve, as a dentist for 40 years and retired as a commander.
In 1957, he married his wife, Marjorie, and ultimately resided in Brookings. He designed and custom built his own dental office on North Main to serve the Brookings community for more than 36 years.
He was a member of the Brookings United Church of Christ and Kiwanis Club and was an avid supporter of South Dakota State University and Scripps Hospital in San Diego.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Howard Kessler; daughter Sharon (Dan) Bacon of Louisville, Ky.; son Gary (Carole) Kessler of Daytona, Fla.; four grandchildren; a brother, Dwight (Sharon) Kessler, a sister, Francene Brumback, and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, William Kessler, Jr., and brother, John Kessler.