James Owen Kesler Jr., 79, of Lexington died Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital.
Born July 26, 1934, in Lexington, he was a son of the late James Owen Kesler Sr. and Meda Harlow Kesler.
Mr. Kesler was a member of the Marvin United Methodist Church, and retired after 38 years of service from Virginia Military Institute as the manager of the laundry department. James also was a 60-year member of the Odd Fellow Lodge and loved to fish and hunt.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Cathaline C. Kesler; one son, Theodore S. “Peppy” Kesler and wife Patricia; one granddaughter, Catherine Ann Kesler; one sister, Peggy Siron, all of Lexington.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, March 31, at Harrison Funeral Home Chapel with the Pastor Dale Crosby and Brother Derryl LaFave officiating. Burial will follow at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.