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James Michael "Mike" Hesler, 63 Print E-mail

James Michael “Mike” Hesler, 63, of Clearwater, Fla., and Morehead, formerly of Falmouth, passed away Tuesday, February  12, 2013, at his home.

Mike was born in Covington on November 7, 1949, to the late Matt and Dorothy (Delaney) Hesler. Mike served honorably in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971 receiving a purple heart for wounds incurred while serving in Vietnam. He was a 1967 graduate of the Falmouth City School, following that he attended classes at Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State Universities. After years in the construction business, Mike retired from the maintenance department (painter) at Morehead State University. Mike enjoyed spending time with family and friends hunting, fishing and playing golf.

Surviving are wife of 25 years, Pamela Sue (Lafferty) Hesler, Clearwater, Fla.; step-daughter, Sheila (Mike) Wright, Falmouth; son, John Thomas Chafin II,  Toronto, Ontario; siblings, Carolyn Jean Hesler, Falmouth, William Franklin “Billy” (Margret) Hesler, Falmouth; brothers-in-law, Woodrow (Faye) Lafferty, Ellijay, Ga., Robert Leslie Lafferty, Mancelona, Mich., James Roger Lafferty, Wellington,  Ralph Fletcher “Dusty” Lafferty and friend Nancy, Fife Lake, Mich.; and step-grandchildren, Adam, Austin and Michaela Wright, Falmouth.

Funeral services were Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the Peoples Funeral Home.

Pallbearers included Mike, Adam and Austin Wright, Brian Pugh, Jamie and Chris Hesler and Ben, Bobby Scott and Bobby Lafferty. Honorary pallbearers will be Woodrow, Robert, James, Ralph “Dusty” Lafferty, Donnie Wolf, Tony Messmer and Kenny LaFollette.

Interment took place at the Riverside Cemetery under full military honors by the American Legion Post No. 109 of Falmouth.