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Gerald Kessler Jr.

Gerald Luke "Jay" Kessler Jr.

Thursday, July 22nd, 1976 - Saturday, August 1st, 2020
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Gerald Luke Kessler Jr. “Jay,” 44, of Minatare, Nebraska peacefully went home to be with his heavenly father August 1, 2020, due to a lengthy battle and struggles with diabetes. There will be a viewing Wednesday, August 5, 2020, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Bridgman Funeral Home in Scottsbluff. He will be cremated and at a later date buried. His celebration of life will be Saturday, August 8, 2020, at 2:00 p.m., at his lakeside home, 290028 Stone Gate Road, Minatare, where he loved to spend his time.

He was born July 22, 1976, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Gerald Kessler Sr. and Judy (Rust) Kessler. He married the love of his life Shanna Stengel August 3, 2000 and was blessed with two sons, Cody and Matthew. Jay loved his career of driving big rigs which was always his passion as a child. He loved to be outside in his yard making it look beautiful.

Jay is survived by his wife, Shanna; sons, Cody, and Matthew; father, Gerald Kessler Sr.; brother, Curtis Kessler (Perishia) of Scottsbluff; sisters, Amanda (Denny) Palmer, Rebecca Shampang (Russ) all of Casper, Wyoming, Jennifer Kessler (Tyler) of Scottsbluff, and Sabrina Kessler (Brian) of Gering; father-in-law, Jerry Stengel of Haig; mother-in-law, Joleen Siegfried of Gering; uncle, Donnie Kessler of LaGrange, Wyoming, who was a huge influence in his life growing up; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins; his dog/best friend, Husker, that he loved very much.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Judy K. Rust; grandparents, Raymond and Jane Kessler, and Edmund and Elizabeth Rust; uncle, Rex Richards; and father-in-law, Bob Siegfried.
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Chris Miller

Posted at 11:50pm
Shanna & Cody, I am so sorry for your loss. Jay was very special to me, having worked for me for several years. We had a special bond together. He was the only employee that ever spent a night at my home, enjoying an evening together with our family. We talked somewhat regularly and I was always amazed at his optimism for the future. Even while he was sick, missing a leg, and doing dialysis multiple times per week, he was dreaming of bringing your family to CA for a visit. There was always a new idea for buying a truck(s) and starting a business. I will miss him more than I can tell you. Even though I don't know you and Cody very well, Jay was my friend, and will be greatly missed. May the Lord make himself real to both of you as you navigate through a new reality without Jay. Anything you might need, you have only to ask.
Chris & Bethany Miller

Barbara Homer

Posted at 09:27pm
Dearest Shanna and Cody, we are saddened to hear about Jay. I’m sorry we can’t come home for his celebration of life gathering but we will be with all of you in spirit. Please take care of yourselves and may God bless you and keep you in his loving care. We love you, Aunt Barb & Uncle Randy

Misty Powley

Posted at 10:17am
Shanna I am so sorry to learn of Jay's passing. He fought a valiant fight for sure, and now can rest comfortably in the arms of the Lord. I will keep you and the boys in my prayers in the days and weeks to come. Please accept my sincere condoloences.


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