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Russell Charles Kesl

July 2, 2014
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Russell Charles Kesl, 93, of Elberon died Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at the Hiawatha Care Center. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 5, at the Hrabak Funeral Home in Belle Plaine with Pastor Charles Johnson officiating. Burial with Military Rites will be at the National Cemetery, Vining.

Russell was born Jan. 19, 1921, on a farm north of Elberon to Fred and Agnes Behounek Kesl. He and his family moved to Elberon when he was 14. He was a graduate of the Elberon High School. After high school he moved to Des Moines to study communications. He was drafted in WWII and served in the Philippines for two years and then returned to Elberon. He built his own carpentry business that he ran for 50 years.

Russell was a member of the Elberon Volunteer Fire Department for 50 years, where he served as bookkeeper. He was a member of the Elberon American Legion from the time he got out of the service until his death. He was also a member of the CSA for many years and served as bookkeeper.

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Russell Charles Kesl

Survivors include his brother, Richard of Marion; nieces, Linda (Arlyn) Sievert of Kentwood, Michigan, Susan (Craig) Cooper of Davenport, Carol Kesl of Marion; nephew, Lyle (Barb) Kesl of Kelley, Iowa; great niece/nephews, Kayla Kesl, Craig and Mitch Cooper, and Justin Sievert; Great-great niece and nephews, Chase and Madie Cooper and Jackson Sievert.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be directed to the Elberon Fire Department.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at under 'obituaries'.



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