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Celebrating the life of

Fred Otto Kessler, III

Passed away on June 26, 2024

Fred Otto Kessler, III

Fred Otto Kessler III, 70, of Guyton, Georgia passed away unexpectedly at his home on June 26, 2024.

Fred was born on January 16, 1954, to Dr. Fred O. Kessler, Jr. and Margaret B. Kessler at the Naval Base in Charleston, South Carolina. Raised in Savannah, he graduated from Benedictine Military School in 1973. In 1978 he married his wife, Ann, and welcomed four children together. They were married for 46 years and were blessed with seven grandchildren. 

For several decades, Fred had a successful parts business in the heavy-duty trucking industry in Wilson, North Carolina. After some unfortunate economic shifts in this industry and the longing to return to Savannah, he sold his business and moved his family back in 2000. He spent a brief time selling insurance before starting a 20-year long career with Ceres Terminals at the Port of Savannah. In 2021, Fred became a union member of ILA 1475 Clerks and Checkers. He enjoyed his time at the port and was affectionately known on the waterfront as "Freddie Love".

Fred led a simple life and had a very strong work ethic. He enjoyed the smaller things in life and loved his family. He had a hard exterior, but a big heart and you always knew where you stood with him. 

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Mary, and two of his daughters, Stacy and Claudia. He is survived by his wife, Ann, and two children, Catherine Herzer (Phillip) and Beau (Jessica) as well as seven grandchildren. 

A private visitation was held for immediate family on June 29, 2024, followed by cremation on June 30, 2024.

Those who desire may make a donation (in Fred's name) to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in memory of his two daughters, Stacy and Claudia.   




A candle has been lit!

My dear, dear brother I hope you have found peace. Thank you for all the good times. For teaching me how to throw a spiral, hold a bat, catch, throw a mean burner, and for putting those wiggly worms on my hook when fishing at Daffin Park. You did good big brother. Godspeed. You will live on in my heart. I love you. Rest now.

- Judith Kessler, Savannah, GA

Smile on brother.

- Judith Kessler, Savannah, GA

Fred will be missed. He was fun to cut a joke with, and fun to aggravate when we worked at Ceres together.

- Justin Wilson, Garden City, Georgia (GA)

Eternal rest grant unto Fred , O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his sou and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

- BC Class of ‘73, Fred’s Cadet Classmates, Savannah, GA

Godspeed my good.friend you will be missed. Prayers for Ann and the family. Praying that Ann gets better as Fred had been home taking care of her. Sigbert and Margie All

- Sigbert All III, Townsend, GA

Dearest Ann & Family, My husband, Ed '73, and Fred went way back. There were many tales to tell. Always smiling and fun. It's been a few years but always a kind person. God Bless him! Love to all, Vicki & the McCuen Family

- Victoria Mell McCuen, SAVANNAH, Georgia

Fred was a friend of mine in the mid 70's. We had some great times together!! Fred was always kind and had a great heart!! Miss you my friend!!

- William B O`Berry, Savannah, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel