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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened
3to learn of the death of William "Bill" Kesler, who passed away
4on November 3, 2022; and
5    WHEREAS, Bill Kesler was born to Clifford and Frances
6Kesler in Danville on May 3, 1928; he graduated from Danville
7High School in 1946; he earned his degree in Accounting from
8the University of Illinois in 1950; he graduated from the
9University of Illinois College of Law in 1952; he married
10Carol Marie Janson in East Orange, New Jersey in 1954; after
11her passing, he married Beverly Shea in Danville in 1983; and
12    WHEREAS, Bill Kesler joined Gunn and Hickman Law after
13graduation; as a lawyer, he became well known throughout the
14Danville area; and
15    WHEREAS, Bill Kesler was a strong supporter of the
16Danville community; he formerly served on the boards of
17Springhill Cemetery, the Danville Library, the Danville
18Symphony Foundation, the DACC Foundation, and the Danville
19Country Club; and
20    WHEREAS, Bill Kesler was a longtime member of St. James
21United Methodist Church, the Danville Rotary Club, the YMCA,



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1and the Danville Country Club; he had a passion for golf,
2golfing at Danville Country Club since he was 14 and playing
3three times a week into his 90s; he also enjoyed cheering for
4the Fighting Illini and the Chicago Cubs; he loved traveling,
5especially taking his annual winter trips to Siesta Key,
6Florida; and
7    WHEREAS, Bill Kesler will be remembered for his affable
8personality; and
9    WHEREAS, Bill Kesler was preceded in death by his parents;
10his twin brother, Robert Kesler; his wife, Carol; and his
11stepdaughter, Libby Shea; and
12    WHEREAS, Bill Kesler is survived by his wife, Beverly
13Kesler; his daughter, Ann (Russ) Covode; his son, John (Amy)
14Kesler; his grandchildren, Leslie Kesler, Becca (Jim) Berry,
15Emma Covode, and Christine Covode; his stepchildren, Dr. John
16(Jennifer) Shea, Jennifer Shea, and Kathleen Shea; and his
17step-grandchildren, John Dickson, Katie Shea, and Jack
18(Ashley) Shea; therefore, be it
20ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
21Bill Kesler and extend our sincere condolences to his family,
22friends, and all who knew and loved him; and be it further



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1    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
2presented to the family of Bill Kesler as an expression of our
3deepest sympathy.