Felix A. Kerns

February 14, 2013

Felix A. Kerns

Decorated WWII veteran was retired craneman

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 Sr. and Mary Koshar Kerns.

Mr. Kerns was a veteran of World War II, serving as a staff sargent in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He served in China and Central Burma as a radioman aboard a C-47. For his service, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two bronze stars, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

For more than 30 years, Mr. Kerns was a craneman at LaFarge Inc. in West Mifflin and later in Belle Vernon, until his retirement in 1989.

He was a member of the Independent Club of Bentleyville and enjoyed gardening and auto mechanics.

On January 20, 1944, he married Julia Yannacci, who died April 8, 2011.

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.

Deceased, in addition to his parents and wife, are three brothers, Charles Kerns, twin brothers, John Kerns and Bernard Kerns Jr.; and two sisters, Cecelia Kerns Blackburn and Mary Kerns Sizemore Capozza.

A graveside service was held Wednesday, February 13, in Beallsville Cemetery, with the Rev. Andy Scott officiating. Full graveside military rites were accorded by Hancock-McCune-Horne American Legion Post 705, Centerville. Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville, PA 15314, was in charge of arrangements. Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at www.GreenleeFuneralHome.com.



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