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Richard Virgil Fessler

Richard Virgil Fessler

Richard Virgil Fessler, known affectionately by friends and family as Dick, was born on February 6, 1944, in Quincy, Illinois. Surrounded by family at Blessing Hospital, Dick passed away peacefully at the age of 78 on March 29, 2022, in Quincy.

Dick spent his early childhood years living in Quincy before attending elementary school in Fowler and later relocating to Mendon where he attended middle and high school and also met his future wife, Helen, also known as his Poopsie. Following graduation from Mendon High School where he was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019, Dick went to work for Moorman Manufacturing where he spent several years as a salesperson and was endeared by his many colleagues and clients. Dick later became an agent for Country Financial and ended his successful career there with his retirement in 2016.

Dick didn't know a stranger. He had a smile, compliment, and a joke for anyone he encountered and to know him was to love him. Dick's favorite pastimes included watching sports, playing golf, attending family vacations, and going to car shows with his sons. Dick's strongest passion was family. He was happiest when he was surrounded by family sharing memories, singing and playing the guitar, and telling stories that never failed to leave all in the room in roaring laughter. His high spirit and love of fun was contagious to anyone who came into contact with him.

Dick is survived by his three children: Barry Fessler and his wife Teresa of Quincy; Scott Fessler and his wife Jill of Springfield, IL. and Susan Kelso and her husband Bill, also of Springfield. Grandchildren: Jessica and Ashley Fessler; Max Fessler, Braxton, Logan and Gannon Lanier; Carter, Olivia and Jack Kelso. Siblings: Larry Fessler and his wife Diane and Wayne Fessler and his wife Judy. Sister-in-law: Sandy Fessler.

Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Helen and his brother, Bill Fessler.

A funeral mass will be held on Friday, April 8, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Mendon, IL. Inurnment will take place at the Mendon Cemetery Mausoleum. A Celebration of Life for Richard will be held on Friday afternoon from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. at the Outskirts Bar in Lorraine, IL. Memorials may be made to Unity High School Athletic Department. The Duker & Haugh Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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From:
MICHELLE KERR
Benicia, CA
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I'm so sorry that I can't be there to celebrate Uncle Dick. Thinking of him always brings a smile to my face.
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Tanci Cuthbertson
Sherman, TX
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Susan, I’m so sorry to hear that your dad passed. I hope your memories of him will bring a smile.
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Kay Sumner
Quincy, IL
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Barry, Scott and Susan. So sorry to hear about Dick. He was a wonderful man who will be missed. Prayers to the family
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Rudy Ray Seward
Denton, TX
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We knew Dick as an agent for Country Financial, one of the best we worked with.. He helped my Mom for many years and me after I took over her affairs. He was willing to take responsibility and go the extra mild. One example, was after a bad storm that had ripped off some siding on part of Mom's house, he recommended several people to do the repairs. They has so much storm related work, we were put on a long waiting list. When we asked for other options, Dick and I believe Barry, showed up at the house one Saturday morning and did the repairs and refused any compensation. What a wonderful model for others.
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Jan Sables and Roger Sables
Springfield, IL
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Sending prayers and sympathy to Dicks family and friends
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Larry and Linda Snyder
Quincy, IL
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Thinking of the family. We knew Dick from Westview.
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Bob & Pam Navolio
Quincy, IL
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Dear Dick,
Thank you for being one of the most funny, friendly and kind neighbors we had on Kingsridge Dr. A genuine good man.