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Obituary for William Dale Hessler

Brevard - William “Duke” Hessler, 65, passed away with his loving partner, Deb, and beloved dog, “Nurse Gracie” by his side on May 30, 2022, at Elizabeth House Hospice Center in Flat Rock, NC.
Born and raised in New Jersey, graduated from Brick Technical Institute with his father in 1980. He then went on to have a successful career as a deskside support IT manager in Virginia for 40 years.
Over the years, Duke loved bowling, chartered fishing, visiting family at the Jersey Shore, and frequently reminding his loved ones “it’s all about Duke.” He dedicated many years to coaching his children in soccer, and was thrilled to see his oldest grandson carry on a love for the sport. Most importantly, Duke will be remembered as a loyal and devoted partner, father, son, brother, uncle, grandfather, and friend, who was happiest when surrounded by his family.
Duke is predeceased by his maternal grandmother Estelle Fortenbaugh, newborn daughter Melissa Anne, parents Martha and Edward Kletzin, and wife Lisa Hessler. He is survived and will be deeply missed by his loving partner Deb; children David Hessler, Robby (Gretchen Hilmers) Hessler and Kim (Delio) Quinteros (Karen); grandchildren Jackson, Kylie, and Lincoln; siblings Mike (Diane) Hessler, Judy (Dave) Schmall, and Janet (Norm) Ford; “favorite” nieces Jenna, Rebecca, and Amanda “Austin” Schmall; and cherished pets Gracie and Wilbur.
Internment and memorial will be determined at a future date.
Online condolences may be left at

Moody-Connolly Funeral Home, 181 S. Caldwell Street, Brevard, NC 28712.