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1953 John 2023

John W Kessler

July 8, 1953 — August 10, 2023

John “Johnny” Kessler was born on July 8, 1953, to Charles Kessler and Peggy Stout in Twin Falls, Idaho. He was the second child of seven in the family.


He had an early love of hunting, fishing, and working on cars. He went on to get an Associate’s Degree in Diesel Mechanics and got a Universal License in HVAC at 26 years old. He had two children with his first wife, three with his second wife, and then married the love of his life, Carie, in 1990, giving him another six children. He loved them all as his own.


He continued his love of hunting, fishing, and mechanics, the outdoors, music, and large family activities, especially during the last month of his life.


He is survived by his beautiful wife, Carie Stedtfield; his children, Billy Kessler, Pocatello, ID; Selenia (Patrick) Grace, Boise, ID; Chris (Ray) Deyoung, Bremerton, WA; Melonie Croft, Bremerton, WA; Ortell Stedtfield, Pocatello, ID; Fred Croft, Bremerton, WA; Sheila (Craig) Cutler, Pocatello, ID; Troy (Jenna) Kessler, Pocatello, ID; Little John (Jasmine) Kessler, Pocatello, ID; Scott (Kelley) Croft, Bremerton, WA; Amy (Darion) Bush, Columbia, MO; 28 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and in-laws.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Kessler and Peggy Stout; son, Kelly Stedtfeld; and grandson, Tyler Leonard.


The family wants to give a special thank you to Enhabit Hospice and their staff, the family and friends that made John’s last few months so special, and Wilks Funeral Home for taking care of his last needs.


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