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Vaughn Robert Kessler

February 20, 1943 - December 15, 2022

Vaughn Robert Kessler of Portland, Oregon passed away on December 15th, 2022 peacefully at home surrounded by his family & friends.


If you knew Vaughn, you know how cool he was, fun and funny, charming and serious. He was a frequent visitor to his favorite restaurants, The Chameleon, Lucca, Noho’s, and Clyde’s. There’s no denying his love of a cold martini or the Seahawks.


Vaughn was born in Portland, Oregon on February 20, 1943, to Bernice and Donald Kessler, a fourth generation Oregonian. At 16 he joined the National Guard, graduated from Washington High School in 1961, after high school joined the Army, and was made Corporal, then on to the Air National Guard, and 1968 he volunteered to serve in the Vietnam War where he was a Sargent in the Marine Corps.


After the Marine Corps he went on to work in the construction field until he retired in December of 2021.


In 1969, Vaughn met ex-wife Joanne Kessler in Portland Oregon. Vaughn and Joanne married and went on to have 3 children, Kristen Kessler, William Kessler spouse Star Kessler and Annice Kessler Attoe spouse Dan Attoe. He has 4 grandchildren Nyala Kessler, Violet Attoe, Emmylou Attoe and Valentine Vaughn Kessler. Vaughn leaves behind longtime partner Kathy Muir.



Vaughn was predeceased by his mother Bernice Kessler, stepfather Ernie Sundberg, his father Donald Kessler, his stepmother Toni Kessler and his brother Dean Kessler. He is survived by his children.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Wounded Warrior Project an organization Vaughn felt strongly about. SEMPER FIDELIS





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