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Source: The Paper 1/30/2012 5:24:00 PM Ladoga death ruled 'Homicide'
LADOGA - Former Montgomery County Commissioner Sam Kessler was murdered in his home by one or more assailants. That was the conclusion reached by Dr. Roland Kohr following an autopsy conducted at Terre Haute Regional Hospital Monday afternoon. Montgomery County Coroner David Hunt released the Manner of Death as "Homicide" and the Cause of Death as a gunshot wound. According to a release from the Indiana State Police, the caliber of the ammunition and the location of the gunshot wound will not be released "to protect the integrity of the investigation." The crime is being investigated by Indiana State Police detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division at the Lafayette Post with the assistance of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. The body of Kessler, 94, of 8737 East State Road 234, Ladoga, was found in his bedroom by a business acquaintance shortly before noon on Sunday. Sgt. Joe Watts of the Indiana State Police stated Monday, "Several tips from the public have been received and state police investigators continue to pursue the many pieces of information provided by citizens. Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact First Sergeant Tom McKee or Detective Jay Harper of the Indiana State Police in Lafayette at 765-567-2125. Remember, no tip is too small."
Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review 3-Feb-2012 2A Nov. 5, 1917-Jan. 28, 2012.
Samuel H. Kessler died Saturday in his home, the victim of a violent crime. Mr. Kesslerís love was farming, which he did for 80-plus years and was only interrupted for three years during World War II. He served in the 1st Infantry Division in the North African Theater, participated in the Sicilian invasion and victory, landed on Omaha Beach on D Day, and walked to Germany. His battlefield honors and metals were numerous upholding his familyís tradition of serving his country since the Revolutionary War. He served his community multiple ways. From the mid-1960s to the early 1990s, he served Montgomery County as a commissioner, county councilman and township trustee. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was born Nov. 5, 1917, at New Ross, to Benjamin Kessler and Cora (Harshbargar) Kessler. He married Norma Jane Otterman on Sept. 22, 1945. She is deceased. Survivors include his children, Mike, David, Benjamin and Cathy and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His parents, a brother and two sisters are deceased. Graveside memorial services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ladoga Cemetery. Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Old Normal, 100 N. Harrison St., Ladoga. Servies & Morgan Funeral Home at Ladoga is assisting the family with the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Ladoga Cemetery Association.
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