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William Kerns Jr


William Kerns Jr., 85, Burr Oak, Mich., died Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at his residence.

    He was born May 21, 1927, in LaGrange County, to William S. Sr. and Grace Edith (Peck) Kerns.

    His early life was lived in the LaGrange area before moving to Burr Oak, Mich., where he lived for more than 40 years.

    He was married June 10, 1947, in Wolcottville, to Emma Louise Friend. She preceded him in death on June 23, 2011.

    Surviving are two sons, William F. Kerns and Donald (Peggy) Kerns, both of Sturgis, Mich.; four grandchildren, Josh Kerns, Evan Kerns, Jessica Kerns and Chris Greeley, all of Sturgis, Mich.; three great-grandchildren, Jessa Kerns, Kylee Kerns and Corey Greeley; one brother, Herbert Kerns, LaGrange; and several nieces and nephews.

    He was preceded in death by nine sisters and five brothers.

    The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Friday and 10:00 – 10:45 A.M. Saturday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes – Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Rd. , Sturgis , MI 49091 , 269-651-3284.  Funeral services celebrating the life of William S. Kerns, Jr. will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday at the funeral home.  The Rev. Barry Sommerfield of the celebration community Church in Sturgis will officiate.  Cremation will follow the service.  A graveside committal of the ashes will take place at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, June 23, 2012 at the Burr Oak Cemetery in Burr Oak.

     Memorial donations would be appreciated to the family c/o: Donald Kerns, 28160 Timberly Dr . , Sturgis , MI 49091 .

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