Breckenridge Texan

Gerald “Jerry” Kesner

Gerald Lee Kesner, known to all as Jerry, passed away at age 82 on Aug. 3, 2017,
at Hendrick Hospice Center, Abilene, Texas.

Jerry was born on Oct. 31, 1934, in Humble, Texas. He was the son of
Fred and Pearlie Kesner, and had two younger sisters, Frances and Genell. He married Jo
Nell Eubanks of Ira, Texas, in 1959, and was father to three sons, Fred,
Tate, and Scott.

Jerry was a graduate of Allen Military Academy in Bryan, Texas. After graduation,
he enlisted in the United States Army and served in Alaska as a decoder of Russian
Intelligence. Following his service to our country, Jerry worked for Sun Pipeline
Company for 40 years. He then worked part-time for First National Bank of
Breckenridge, and retired again.

Jerry served as Neighborhood Commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America, President of the Lions Club in Ira, as an Officer in the American Bowling Congress, held various officer positions for the Elks Club, and was the Assistant to the Executive Secretary of TMSCA for 28 years.

Known for his dry wit and punctuality, Jerry will be missed by one and all.

Jerry Kesner is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jo Nell Kesner; sons Fred Kesner and
his wife, Gina, of Fort Worth, Tate Kesner and his wife, Teresa, of Frisco, and
Scott Kesner and his wife, Paula, of El Paso. His grandchildren include: Tara Melton,
Reagan Kesner, Declan Kesner, Danielle Rohm, Trista Kesner, John Bryan Patten and
Travis Patten, as well as great-granddaughters, Alayna Rohm, Rylan Grace Ryan, and
Briar Sloan Melton. Jerry is also survived by his sister, Frances Renfroe, of
Abilene. Last, but certainly not least, he leaves his best buddy, Gibby.

Jerry is predeceased by his parents, Fred and Pearlie Kesner, and sister Genell Schoech.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Jerry Kesner was held Saturday, Aug. 5
at First Christian Church in Breckenridge under the direction of Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home.

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