Phillip Joseph Kessler Jr., 79, of Augusta and formerly of New York, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at Hospice of the Panhandle In-Care Facility in Kearneysville.

Born on August 21, 1937 in Flushing Queens County, N.Y., he was the son of Phillip J. Kessler Sr. and Helena Kessler Bulger.

He retired in 1996 from Grumman Aerospace on Long Island, N.Y. where he was the lead man on the electrical testing and repair team. He then moved to Augusta. He served in the U.S. Navy being stationed in ports of Greece, Rome, Italy, Morocco, Cuba, Ethiopia and Monaco.

Surviving is his wife of 57 years, Nancy Ardito Kessler; and a son, Alan of Fairfax, Va.

Per his request, his body was cremated and all services will be private.

Please make memorials to your preferred disease research associations.

All arrangements are being handled by McKee Funeral Home in Augusta. 

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