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Caperton family of Ripley, West Virginia

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  Oliver Dennis Kessel (1901-1992) — also known as Oliver D. Kessel — of Ripley, Jackson County, W.Va. Born January 12, 1901. Republican. Lawyer; candidate for West Virginia state senate 4th District, 1938; chair of Jackson County Republican Party, 1942-50; circuit judge in West Virginia for the 5th Judicial Circuit, 1960-69; judge of West Virginia supreme court of appeals, 1972; appointed 1972. Died November 5, 1992 (age 91 years, 298 days). Interment at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Parchment Valley, W.Va.
  Relatives: Son of Flora Ella (Corbin) Kessel (1875-1955) and Edward Dennis Kessel (1876-1958); married to Katharyn 'Katie' Hartman (1904-1992); father of Dee Caperton (1943-2000).
  Political family: Caperton family of Ripley, West Virginia.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  William Gaston Caperton (b. 1940) — also known as Gaston Caperton — of West Virginia. Born in Charleston, Kanawha County, W.Va., February 21, 1940. Democrat. Insurance business; banker; Governor of West Virginia, 1989-97; delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1996. Member, Delta Kappa Epsilon. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Married 1965 to Dee Caperton (1943-2000); married 1990 to Rachael Worby (divorced 1998); married 2003 to Idit Harel.
  Political family: Caperton family of Ripley, West Virginia.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Dee Caperton (1943-2000) — also known as Ella Dee Kessel — of Kanawha County, W.Va. Born in Ripley, Jackson County, W.Va., February 26, 1943. As a beauty queen, she was Miss West Virginia in 1964, and was 2nd-runner-up in the Miss America competition; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Kanawha County, 1987-88; candidate for West Virginia state treasurer, 1990. Female. Died in France, September 1, 2000 (age 57 years, 188 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Daughter of Oliver Dennis Kessel (1901-1992); married 1965 to William Gaston Caperton.
  Political family: Caperton family of Ripley, West Virginia.
  See also Wikipedia article
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