Leon Jay “Pinky” Kerns

Bellefontaine, Logan County, Ohio, USA
Death 14 Jun 2013 (aged 89)
West Liberty, Logan County, Ohio, USA
Burial Bellefontaine, Logan County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 112600729 · View Source
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Leon Jay "Pinky" Kerns, 89, of Bellefontaine, passed away Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Green Hills Care Community, West Liberty.
He was born in Bellefontaine on Oct. 3, 1923 to the late Ray and Evalina Beightler Kerns. He was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Annabelle and George Boblitt, a brother and sister-in-law, Merlin and Betty Jo Kerns; and brother-in-law, Caroll Watkins.
On April 7, 1946, he married the former Jean Alice Morningstar in Lima and she survives, along with their children, Linda (Jim) Hilliker of Bellefontaine, Tom (Bertie) Kerns of Springfield, Tenn., and Susan (Rodney) Allen of Bellefontaine; grandchildren, Tiffany (Shawn) Wilcoxon, Britt (Jim) Gravely, Cody (Dana) Allen, Heath (fiancee Jackie Hanson) Allen, Morgan Allen, Hannah (Ben) Jernigan and Matt Kerns; and great-grandchildren, Maggie Wilcoxon, Mac and Hayden Gravely, and Braidynn, Albert Benjamin and Asher Thomas Jernigan; and a sister, Goldie Watkins.
He previouly worked at A. J. Miller and Dinovo's, and worked for Notestine's Flooring until retirement.
He was an avid bowler and member of T-P Lanes Bellefontaine Bowling Association Hall of Fame. He then took up golf with the same enthusiasm.
A World War II veteran, serving from January 1943 through January 1946, he began attending The Ohio State University football games before World War II and continued attending with his wife on his return in 1946, both in state and out, with family and friends until both were no longer physically able. Their loyalty to and interest in OSU and its teams is legendary.
They enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and to many countries through the years, also with family and friends.
He was a member of First Lutheran Church of Bellefontaine, American Legion Post 173, the Bellefontaine Elks and the Frank D. Castle VFW Post 1080.
Pastor Jonathon Bull officiates a memorial service at 11 a.m. Monday at the First Lutheran Church, Bellefontaine. Burial follows in the Bellefontaine Cemetery, with a military service by the Logan County Veterans Honor Guard.

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  • Created by: charles hanna
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  • Find a Grave Memorial 112600729
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Leon Jay “Pinky” Kerns (3 Oct 1923–14 Jun 2013), Find a Grave Memorial no. 112600729, citing Bellefontaine City Cemetery, Bellefontaine, Logan County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by charles hanna (contributor 47232398) .