This is the tombstone of Christian and Margaret Kesler, located in Kessler Cemetery, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:
Died July 11, 1904
Aged 60Y. 7M. 22D.
Wife of C Kesler
Apr. 9, 1900
Kesler is spelled “Kessler” in the church records as well as in this area, but for the sake of standardization, in this post I will spell the name as “Kesler,” as it is written on their tombstone.
I obtained information about Christian and his wife Margaret from the records of Zion Lutheran, Chattanooga. And I noticed that some of the information in the church records does not agree with the information on their tombstone. I do not know which record is correct. Their deaths were not recorded in the Mercer County Probate death records, so I was unable to compare dates and ages with an additional record.
According to the church records Christian Kesler was born 15 September 1845 in Walzheim, District Rhein, Kingdom of Bavaria, to Christian and Margaretha (Kable) Kesler. Christian [the son] came to America in 1849 with his parents and his brother and sister. He was confirmed at Zion on 1 June 1862 by Pastor Heintz. Christian died 11 July 1904 and was buried on the 12th. His death was a suicide.
Christian married Margaret Haffner on 30 December 1869 in Mercer County. The church records indicate she was born 6 October 1852 in Mercer County, Ohio, the daughter of Georg and Sophia (Martin) Hafner. She died suddenly from a stroke on 10 April 1900, at the age of 47 years, 6 months, and 4 days, according to the church records. She was survived by her husband, 11 children, and siblings.
The following death notice tells of the tragic death of Christian Kessler:
Despondent Since Wife’s Death, Christian Kessler Drowns Sorrow in Drink and Then Takes His Life
Christian Kessler, one of the wealthiest and best known farmers in Liberty township, committed suicide Monday morning by hanging himself in his wood shed. Mr. Kessler’s family supposed that he had gone to Chattanooga, near which his farm is located, and were horrified beyond measure when confronted with the ghastly body dangling from the rope which the unfortunate man had used to end his existence.
Several years ago Mr. Kessler’s wife died suddenly from heart disease. Her death gave rise to a profound melancholy on the part of her husband and his mental condition, together with excessive drinking of late, no doubt, gave rise to conditions which subsequently took the form of a suicidal mania.
Oil had been struck in paying quantities on Mr. Kessler’s farm and this brought him additional prosperity, but no increase enjoyment of life. He was the father of a large family who have been occasioned much sorrow by his tragic death. 
Christian and Margaret had the following children:
Magdalena, born 11 June 1871
Sophia Anna, born 16 November 1872, married Heinrich David Betzel
Maria Eugenia, born 14 February 1875, married Jacob Hoffmann
Edward Rudolph, born 11 February 1877
Clara Louise “Lula,” born 30 July 1879, married Warren V. “Nick” Detro
George Heinrich, born 8 November 1881, married Minnie Fowler
Ida Bertilie, born 9 January 1884
Friedrich Wilhelm, born 9 March 1886
Clara Henrietta, born 16 February 1889, married Martin V. Stamm
Johann Conrad Kessler, born 14 March 1891
Franziska Dova Aurelia, born 9 February 1894
The Keslers lived just south of Chatt. The 1900 census was taken in June, just months after Margaret’s death. That June Christian was living with eight of his single children: Lena, 28; Edward, 23; George, 18; Edith, 16; Frederick, 14; Clara, 11; John, 9; Farcis, 6. 
Kessler Cemetery is also called Liberty Cemetery and is located in Section 18 of Liberty Township, on Oregon Road, just about half a mile from Indiana. A number of Zion Chatt’s former members are buried there.
 Mercer County Standard, Celina, Ohio, 15 July 1904, p.1.
 1900 US Census, Liberty Township, Mercer County, Ohio, ED 85, p. 11A (penned), p.207 (stamped), line 99, dwelling 219, family 225, Christian Kesler; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 31 August 2013); from Family History Library microfilm 1241304, from National Archives microfilm T623, roll 1304.