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A Terre Haute attorney and former member of the Indiana House of Representatives died Monday.

John A. Kesler Sr., 87, was an attorney in Terre Haute for nearly 60 years. He was admitted to the Indiana and Illinois bars in 1951 after receiving his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law. He served in the House of Representatives from 1969 to 1973.

Kesler also served as probate commissioner of the Vigo Circuit Court and as Vigo County chief deputy prosecutor. He was a member of the American Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, Indiana State Bar Association and Terre Haute Bar Association.

He was a licensed pilot and served in the South Pacific in the U.S. Army during World War II, receiving four Bronze Stars. Kesler was active in veterans’ affairs and other community organizations. He was commissioned as a Sagamore of the Wabash by then-Gov. Joseph Kernan.

He is survived by his wife, Maxine Weaver Kesler; children Nicki Herrington, Brad (Debby) Kesler, and John (Diana) Kesler II; brother Hurst (Jean) Kesler; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Thursday with visitation an hour prior to services at Fitzpatrick Funeral Home, 220 N. Third St., West Terre Haute.
 

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