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.
Barbara Kerns, Mitchell
Clarice Cooper and husband, Terry, Orleans
Vance Kerns and wife, Angela, Bedford
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.