Carl Kesler

East Alton | Sunday, December 19 2021 |

Carl E. “Corkey” Kesler, 88, passed away at 4:02 a.m. Sunday, December 19, 2021, at OSF St. Anthony’s Health Center in Alton.

Born Jan. 8, 1933, in Elco, IL, he was the son of McTitus and Cynthia Ann (Provo) Kesler.

He married Linda Sue Gullett on Nov. 7, 1964, in Edwardsville.  She survives.

A Corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, he worked as an adjuster and keypress operator in the cupping department of Olin Corp. for 44 years before his retirement. He also owned several rental homes in the East Alton area.  Carl was an accomplished musician, and played in several area bands, most recently the Gene Maynard Band.  He was a hard-working man who will be missed by his family and friends.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Rhonda Keeney of Brighton; a son, Randy Kesler of East Alton; eight grandchildren, Mikki Dearing, Michael Taylor Bonbrake, Martin Keeney, Brandi Jackson, Erik Kesler, Daniel Spickerman, Shelby Spickerman, and James Stanton; six great-grandchildren; a half-sister, Loretta Grant of Anna, IL; and two half-brothers, Perry Roe of Aurora, IL and Larry Roe of Collinsville.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Spickerman, and a half-brother, Everett “Butch” Roe.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Dec. 28 at Paynic Home for Funerals from 4 p.m. until services begin at 7 p.m.

An online guestbook is available at

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