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Rev Russell Ray Kerns, Sr
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Birth: Mar. 12, 1920
Dauphin County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Apr. 8, 2008
Luzerne County
Pennsylvania, USA

At his death, Rev. Kerns was Pastor at St Johns Lutheran Church, Wood St., Pittston PA

The Rev. Russell Ray Kerns Sr., of Wood Street, Pittston, fell asleep on April 8 and is now with his creator and savior in his heavenly garden.

The Rev. Kerns was born on March 12 (Girl Scout Day), 1920, in Steeltown, a small steel town along the Susquehanna River, just south of Harrisburg. His father was Clarence Leroy Kerns Sr., and his mother was Estella Yourlane VonDimeler Kerns.

He was married to Charlotte Strine Hoffnagle of Windsor Park, York. Together, they had five children, James Brian, Bonnie Gail, Clarence Leroy III, Russell Ray Jr. and Valerie Lynn; five grandchildren, Kelby Hunter, Krista Davis, Clifford Neal, Austin Scott and Dakota Russell; and one great-grandchild, Hunter Davis.

The Rev. Kerns served in the United States Navy during World War II aboard the USS Indiana battleship in the Pacific for 43 months. Following his discharge, and having been a dropout of senior high school, he returned to Steelton High School at 25 years of age. After his graduation, he enrolled in Gettysburg College and graduated in 1950. He then attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, and graduated as a member of the Class of 1953. He was ordained in Philadelphia in the Lutheran ministry at the end of May 1953.

The Rev. Kerns served his entire ministry in Pennsylvania. He served in Cambria, Blair, Somerset, Perry, Northumberland, Lackawanna and Luzerne counties. He served his ministry for 22 years in Pittston in St. John's Lutheran Church on Wood Street. The church was founded on Nov. 22, 1847, and celebrated 150 years in November 2007.

In addition to his life baptismal dedication and membership in God's Church, he became a member of the Lion's Club upon ordination in 1953, was a member of the U.S. Navy League, and over the years served and held membership in both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Donating blood since 1936, in 1987, he became a 20-gallon blood donor. The Rev. Kerns dedicated a lifetime as an environmentalist, a recycler and a clean-up God's Earth person.

The viewing will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church, Wood Street, Pittston, on Friday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. from St. John's Lutheran Church, Wood Street, Pittston.

Pallbearers will be veteran Vincent Calorusso, U.S. Air Force; veterans Thomas Komer and Robert Schumaker, U.S. Navy; veterans Joseph Dennis and Frank Capobianco, U.S. Army; and veterans Darwin Pershau and Wendy Pershau, U.S. Marine Corps.

Arrangements are by Kizis-Lokuta Funeral Home, Church Street, Pittston.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Apr. 9, 2008

Family links: 
  Clarence L Kerns (1893 - 1967)
  Estella A Yourlane Kerns (1896 - 1990)
  Charlotte Jane Strine Kerns (1926 - 2012)
  Russell R Kerns (1955 - 2011)*
*Calculated relationship

Mountain View Cemetery
Luzerne County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: sharleenp
Record added: Aug 09, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74698787
Rev Russell Ray Kerns, Sr
Added by: sharleenp
Rev Russell Ray Kerns, Sr
Added by: sharleenp
Rev Russell Ray Kerns, Sr
Added by: sharleenp
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My Pastor, who is very much missed at St Johns
- sharleenp
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