Jeffrey Okrent Kessler

Wednesday 7th of August 1946 - Monday 22nd of November 2021

Jeffrey Okrent Kessler



Nov 30, 2021 (12:30 pm )


159 North Broadway, Lexington, KY

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Director Milward Funeral Directors

Jeff Kessler passed away on Nov. 21, 2021 after a lengthy battle with cancer.  Jeff was born on Aug. 7, 1946 in Lexington, KY to Edward and Ruth Kessler.  He graduated from Bryan Station High School and attended Eastern Kentucky University.  

After serving in the U.S. Army, he began his career in retail sales with Wennekers Shoe Store.  He later opened Jeff’s Stride Rite Bootery in Fayette Mall.  In the early 1980’s Jeff began a career in residential development and custom home building.  Jeff was a member of Temple Adath Israel, Lexington Rotary Club and Lexington Country Club.  

He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Eli Mitchell, and is survived by his wife, Jean Lovern Kessler, his brother, Michael Kessler, son, Keene Kessler, son-in-law, Trigg Mitchell and grandchildren Grace and Emily Mitchell and Jackson, Madison, and Harrison Kessler.  

Services will be held on Tuesday, Nov.30, 12:30 pm, Milward-Broadway, 159 N. Broadway.

Guest Book

Jim and Sharon Reed


Jeff, You will be missed greatly by your friends and fellow Past-Presidents at The Rotary Club of Lexington. Sharon

3 hours ago

Lawrence M Chiles


Jean, Jane and I were really saddened to hear the news about Jeff. Please accept our most sincere condolences.

20 hours ago

Alice Dehner


Jean, thinking of you and sending hugs and love your way. I have wonderful memories of Jeff to cherish. Sadly in California and won't be able to attend his service. With sympathy. Alice

1 day ago

Dean Wilson


A friend for years. RIP

1 day ago