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Clarence Edward KernsPassing: July 26, 2012


Mitchell Presbyterian Church

Sunday,Jul.29,2012, 2:00 pm


Chastain Funeral Home

Saturday,Jul.28,2012, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Mitchell Cemetery


MITCHELL Clarence Edward Kerns, 83, passed away at 10:50 a.m. Thursday, July 26, 2012, at IU Health Bedford Hospital.

Born April 25, 1929, in Martin County, he was the son of Alton and Lillian (Bauer) Kerns. He married Barbara Smith, February 21, 1953.

He was employed by the B&O Railroad as a Signal Maintainer until his retirement in 1987 after 40 years of service, and was a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen. Clarence graduated from Shoals High School in 1947 and was a member of White River Masonic Lodge No. 332 F.& A.M.

He was a member of the Mitchell Presbyterian Church and had been an elder and served on many boards at the church. He also served as a Mitchell City Councilman during the years of 1969-1971, and was active in the Little League Program.

Clarence was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War, and a member of the American Legion Post No. 250.

Surviving: wife,
Barbara Kerns, Mitchell
Clarice Cooper and husband, Terry, Orleans
Vance Kerns and wife, Angela, Bedford
three grandchildren,
Ashley (Luke) Gangloff, Logansport
Jarrett Kerns, Bedford
Alesha Kerns, Bedford
one great grandson,
Jackson Cooper Gangloff, Logansport
Betty Crays, French Lick
Phyllis Wininger, Crawfordsville
Maryrose Risner, Crawfordsville

His parents; and brothers, George Walter Kerns and Ralph Alton Kerns, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 29, in the Mitchell Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dwight Dunbar officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

Friends may call from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Saturday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center, and from 1:00 p.m. until the service on Sunday at the church.

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13 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Beth Pattison | Floyds Knobs, IN
    Date: August 18, 2012
    Dear Clarice and Barbara and family, I am sorry for your loss. I will be thinking of you during this time. Beth Chastain Pattison
  2. Guest: Kathy & Paul Stroud | Mitchell, IN
    Date: August 14, 2012
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family...sorry for your loss...God Bless...
  3. Guest: Sandy Pipher Neal | Orleans, IN
    Date: August 6, 2012
    Barbara, Clarice and Vance, So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
  4. Guest: mary | mitchell, IN
    Date: July 31, 2012
    it breaks my heart to know clarence passed away i have been on sick leave from rulers here in mitchell and i wll miss him so much when he started to forget i would go outside to his car just to hug him and tell him who i was again and he would remember me and smile what sweet man my prayers are with you ill allways have a special place in my heart for him.
  5. Guest: Roy D Myers | Richfield, UT
    Date: July 30, 2012
    Vance and family, If God ever sent an angel to earth to comfort and cheer his children, it was your father. I will never forget his support as a baseball dad, umpire, golfer and friend. He was a great example of charity and the pure love that Christ brought to all of us. My deepest sympathy to your family in your loss. Roy Myers
  6. Guest: Allen Burris | Mitchell, IN
    Date: July 29, 2012
    Sorry to hear of this good man's passing. I have lots of childhood memories of him from the old Legion field. He cared a lot about all of us. My prayers are for your comfort.
  7. Guest: Jim & Waneta Wires & Jamie Wires | Mitchell, IN
    Date: July 29, 2012
    So sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
  8. Guest: Jeremy & Teresa Ashabraner | Mitchell, IN
    Date: July 29, 2012
    So sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts & prayers. God Bless
  9. Guest: Jennifer Pemberton | Bedford , IN
    Date: July 28, 2012
    Barbara and family, I am very sorry for your loss. I am so glad I had the chance to know Clarence. My thoughts and prayers going out to you during this time.
  10. Guest: Rob Yates | Bedford, IN
    Date: July 27, 2012
    sorry to here about Clarence, he was a GREAT man
  11. Guest: Mike & Suzie Leatherman | Mitchell, IN
    Date: July 27, 2012
    Barbara & family, So sorry for your loss. We used to talk to Clarence as he was walking to Jay-C. Jim always enjoyed him stopping and talking too. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers.
  12. Guest: Debbie Fleenor Elkins | Mitchell, IN
    Date: July 27, 2012
    Mrs. Kerns, Clarice & Vance, So very sorry to hear about Mr.Kerns. He was always such a happy person. Kind to everyone and a true gentleman. I remember him best from Little League Baseball. I will always remember his smile. He will certainly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
  13. Guest: Carolyn ( Mattix ) Edmonson | Mitchell, IN
    Date: July 27, 2012
    Clarice i'm so sorry to hear of your Dads' passing. I remember our school days of long ago , going to your house. You had the greatest parents ever! Both your mom & Dad always made me feel so welcome in their home. Your Dad will truly be missed . Know that i'm thinking of you & your family at this difficult time .