Originally Published: August 9, 2007 9:49 p.m.
Robert Lee Kesling, 82, passed away in his Prescott home on Aug. 6, 2007, after a short battle with cancer. "Bob" was born in Bingham Canyon, Utah, on April 27, 1925, to Arthur Stephenson Kesling and Gertrude Pierce Kesling Meserole. He grew up in Ash Mesa and Grand Junction, Colo.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Lorvinia Lee Martin Kesling, and by his older brothers Arthur Roy Kesling of Seattle, Wash., and Harold Frank Kesling of Sumner, Wash. He has two remaining siblings, Richard Clarence Kesling of Prescott, Ariz., and Mabel Irene Dickson of Mandeville, Ala.
Mr. Kesling was proud to have served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, where he was a "Tin Can Sailor" aboard the USS Kennison WWI-era DD-138 destroyer and later was stationed in the Philippines until the conclusion of the war. Bob worked for and retired from American Can Company in Wilmington, Calif., and later at the San Francisco plant. He was a machinist and later went into management as a quality control inspector.
Bob enjoyed many hobbies and was a member of many clubs and organizations throughout his lifetime. His hobbies included archery, hunting, photography, waterskiing, camping, traveling with his wife across country several times, restoring old cars, working in his garage fixing and building things, and studying family genealogy. He restored a 1932 Plymouth Cabriolet from the ground up, which will remain in the family. He proudly has his family history traced back to the 16th century, originating in Germany. His family has had over 100 consecutive family reunions in the Midwest and Bob was proud to attend several of those Kesling-Kisling reunions, including the 100th reunion.
He was an active member of the Masonic Lodge in San Bruno, Calif. After moving to Prescott, he was a volunteer docent at the Sharlot Hall Museum and the Fort Whipple Military Museum. He was also a member of the Yavapai County Cruisers car club and was their newsletter editor for several years.
Bob Kesling is survived by his daughter, Roxane Dalene Nielsen, of Prescott, Ariz., and Steven Martin Kesling of Lakeport, Calif. He has three grandchildren, Amy Kamp of Felton, Calif., Aaron Kamp of Buffalo, N.Y., and Adam Kesling of San Diego, Calif. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Evan Robert Kamp, Emily Rose Kamp and Ian Glenn Catizone, with Eric Robert Catizone soon to be born. His family will always remember him as a great family man who taught them integrity and moral values all their lives.
Mr. Kesling will be cremated and his ashes will be buried next to his wife's at a memorial service to take place in the near future at the Hartley Cemetery in Lakeport, Calif. His family would prefer donations in his honor to be made to a military organization or to Hospice Family Care of Prescott.
(Information provided by survivors.)