He will be greatly missed by the many students he taught and the staff with whom he interacted at the Vet School.
I offer my sincere sympathy to his family.
I would like to express my sympathy on the loss of Dr. Fessler. I was a student in the second graduating class at Purdue. I have fond memories of Dr. Fessler, primarily his happy and outgoing personality. In the early days of Purdue&s school he was a fixture in the large animal clinics and added greatly to the fun students had there.
I know he is missed.
G. Timothy Lee, DVM
May God comfort you in this difficult time.
John R. Boyce, DVM, PhD
National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
I am deeply saddened to learn of Jack&s passing. He was one of my favorites at the Dallas NBVME examination, always so warmly welcoming and supportive, so optimistic and full of excellent ideas for moving forward, even with the initially nontraditional idea of including communication stations in that exam. He was, of course, an outstanding communicator himself. I valued him greatly as friend and colleague, especially for his generosity of spirit and for the insights and wisdom he shared from his rich experience in veterinary medicine.
Getting to know both Jack and you better, on those occasions when you came along with him, was something I especially looked forward to each time we got together. I will miss Jack&s presence and yours.
How sweetly tied together all our lives are. How difficult it is when one among us slips the bonds. Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May you sense now the ongoing love and support of family and friends both near and far. And may the Light surround you, uplift you, heal you as you grieve Jack&s passing and celebrate his life.
With deepest sympathy,
Please accept my deepest sympathy in your loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. Dr. Fessler was an important part of my Vet School education way back when, and I always held him in high regard as an instructor and as a person.
Mary ""Lou"" Weliever, Class of 1972, Purdue
I am so very very sorry to hear of Jack&s death. I always enjoyed talking with him (and you) when he would have occasion to come into the church office. You and your family will be in my prayers during this difficult time.
I was sorry to hear of Jack&s passing. I am a small animal orthopedic surgeon at Iowa State and have been on the faculty here for 40 years. I knew Jack primarily through the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. I was always impressed with his professionalism, his measured response to questions, his clear and distinct manner of speaking, and his concern for the entirety of veterinary surgery.
He was an outstanding leader in ACVS and someone who I looked up to when I was in my first years in the College. He leaves an outstanding legacy.
-Carol Miller (3rd grade student at Klondike Elementary, 1975-76)
I was in your 3rd grade class at Klondike Elementary many years ago, around 1977 or &78. My maiden name is Sandy Miller. I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. You and your family will be in my prayers.
God bless you,
Sandy (Miller) Harris
Sincerely, Dennis M. McCurnin, DVM, DACVS
I am a colleague of Jack&s, an ACVS Diplomate. I followed Jack as Treasurer of the ACVS, and I served on the Board of Regents with Jack. I am a small animal surgeon, so we did not share in the clinical arena. However, we became very good friends as leaders of our specialty college. I always admired Jack and loved him as a dear friend. I am so very sorry for your loss, and I want you to know that I share in your loss and will miss him dearly. He was a great veterinary surgeon and leader and a wonderful human being. Sincerely and with deepest sympathy, Paul Gambardella.
My heart goes out to all of you -- I am so sorry for your loss. Jack was beloved at the Veterinary School, where of course I had the wonderful chance to work with him (while I was Director of Development), and beloved in the community. And his talents were many! I feel very lucky to have had the chance to get to know him, work with him, and to call him my friend. He reached out to me when I lost my parents, which was very kind.
I know how difficult and painful it is to lose a spouse and a father, grandfather and all that Jack was to all of you. The grief can be overwhelming. One thing is for certain -- he love, and lived for -- his family! His eyes would always just sparkle when talking about them, and sharing plans about visiting them! I am involved in Civic Theatre, where I know Jack helped build many a set, and was cherished. He will be greatly missed by all.
Please know you have my sincere condolences. I have previous plans to be about of town this weekend, so I feel terrible that I will not likely be able to make it to Jack&s visition and service. If something falls through, I will be there. But please know in any event, I will be there in spirit.
With warmest regards,
I was saddened to learn of the passing of Jack. He was a great man and a great father. I&m sure his passing was unexpected and shocking. You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you mourn your loss. Having spent considerable time around your family growing up, I knew him on a more personal note and always enjoyed his laughter. He also became good friends with relative of our family, Dr Kline from California. I&m sure in this time of grief, my condolense, is one of many you will receive but remind your self of the people he touched and lasting legacy he will leave. God bless your family and let you find happiness in this time of need
Tony( Mick and Carole Smith&s Son)