Felix A. Kerns
WWII vet was retired crane operator
Felix A. Kerns, 94, of Bentleyville, died Monday, February 11, 2013, in H.J. Heinz III Progressive Care, Pittsburgh.
He was born September 13, 1918, in Bagley, a son of the late Bernard and Mary Koshar Kerns.
Mr. Kerns was a veteran of World War II, serving as a staff sargeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps in Asia as a radioman aboard a C-47 in China and Central Burma. For his service, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal with two bronze stars, American Campaign medal, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal.
For more than 30 years, Mr. Kerns was a crane man at LaFarge Inc. in West Mifflin and later in Belle Vernon, until his retirement in 1989.
He was a member of Independent Club of Bentleyville and enjoyed gardening and auto mechanics.
Surviving are a daughter, Cynthia J. Kress (Don) of Bentleyville; a son, Randy P. Kerns Sr. (Audrey) of Bentleyville; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Margaret Vinansky of Eighty Four, Bridgette Kerns of Eighty Four and Sarah Billups of Ellsworth; and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 13, in Beallsville Cemetery, with the Rev. Andy Scott officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by Hancock-McCune Post 705, Centerville American Legion. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, PA 15314. A guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.