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1/26/2012 1:05:00 PM
Jeff Kessel 1968 - 2012
Jeff Kessel
Jeff Kessel

Jeff Kessel, 43, of Cottonwood, Arizona passed away January 19, 2012.  

Jeff was born February 5, 1968 in Flagstaff, Arizona to Paul an Sherri (Reyher) Kessel.  

Jeff was an accomplished musician and songwriter.  His great love was his daughter, Brittany. Jeff was able to combine his love for both music and his daughter in many ways, having performed with Brittany and writing songs for and about her.  

Jeff graduated from Mohave Community College with an associate’s degree in liberal arts.  

He is survived by his daughter, Brittany; his parents, Paul and Sherri Kessel; his grand mothers, Phyllis Reyher and Ruth Kessel; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and his work family at New Frontiers Natural Foods Market.  

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 at the Verde Valley Senior Center (corner of 6th and Cherry Streets in Cottonwood).  

Donations are suggested to a memorial account at National Bank of Arizona in the name of Jeff Kessel or Sherri Kessel.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012
Article comment by: emma kessel

jeff is over six months you left us unexpected only God knows why, but i want u to know that is no day in this world that goes by that me and briitany think about you. your Daughter still angry because you left her so soon, but i promice i will do my best with thw help of your parents to take care of her, she misses you more then ever yesterday was her first day back to school, and it was really hard. we miss you and love you R.I.P

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012
Article comment by: Paul Nettle

I used to jam with Jeff back in our college years, he was a good friend, excellent natural musician, and a good guy. This is shocking and sad.

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012
Article comment by: Michael Pistrui

I just learned of Jeffs passing today, Jeff was an original member of the band I play in Fat Gray Cat, he was a fun guy who loved music. We parted ways a few years back and lost touch, I am very sorry to hear this news, my prayers go out to his family.

I know he is playing bass with his idols in heaven now.

Posted: Friday, February 3, 2012
Article comment by: Jan Heath

Jeff, You were Dave & Corey's favorite babysitter. They would look forward to your coming over and actually "playing" games with them. You surely will be missed. RIP

Posted: Friday, February 3, 2012
Article comment by: Tiana Gledhill

Jeff, I remember you as the sweet, funny child I used to babsit for. We re-connected as adults and you truely blew my mind! What a sweet soul you are. Rest In Peace, dear friend.


Posted: Thursday, February 2, 2012
Article comment by: Ellen thayer

This was a shock to us. We send our love & prayers .Spent time with Jeff in April at Guys wedding & got to hug him one last time.For years he was my fifth child at our dinner table. He loved my meatloaf & mac & cheese. He will always be in my heart. God Bless...Ellen & Elden Thayer

Posted: Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Article comment by: Good Spirit

"Stairway To Heaven"

There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold
And she's buying the stairway to heaven.
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for.
Ooh, ooh, and she's buying the stairway to heaven.

There's a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
'Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.
In a tree by the brook, there's a songbird who sings,
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven.
Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it makes me wonder.

There's a feeling I get when I look to the west,
And my spirit is crying for leaving.
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees,
And the voices of those who stand looking.
Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it really makes me wonder.

And it's whispered that soon if we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason.
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long
And the forests will echo with laughter.

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now,
It's just a spring clean for the May queen.
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There's still time to change the road you're on.
And it makes me wonder.

Your head is humming and it won't go, in case you don't know,
The piper's calling you to join him,
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind.

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul.
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll.

And she's buying the stairway to heaven.

Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Article comment by: Lilly Isherwood

Such a sad sad loss...Jeff you where a great musican and you will be greatly missed. I was honored to have had the privlage to co-write songs and be recorded by you. My you be at peace my dear friend. Condolences to your extended family and espically to your mother and father Sherri & Paul.

Posted: Saturday, January 28, 2012
Article comment by: Phil Van Gorp

Greatest musician and friend I have ever had the privilege to meet. RIP Jeff. You are missed.

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