Richard James Keesler, 86, of Middlebury


MIDDLEBURY — Richard James Keesler, 86, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Dec. 21, 1936, in Slate Hill, N.Y., to Marguerite Keesler.

A United States Marine, he served his country during the Korean War. He was a farmer most of his life. Richard enjoyed woodworking, fishing, playing cards, camping and spending time with his family. He always had a good joke, loved conversation and lived his life to the fullest.

Richard is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Joanne; his five children, David and wife Sheryl of Williston, Vt., Brenda and husband Don of Milton Vt., Brian of Ellenburg, N.Y., Debbie and husband Oscar of Brandon Vt., and Cheryl and husband Brian of Boonville, N.Y.; 18 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service and celebration of life will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Project Independence in Middlebury, a division of Elderly Services, Inc.◊


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