John Marine Kercheval

John Marine Kercheval

Birth
Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana, USA
Death 12 Feb 1967 (aged 67)
Clinton, Vermillion County, Indiana, USA
Burial Clinton, Vermillion County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 90834662 · View Source
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parents:
Clarence Kercheval/Nellie McKee
CHILDREN:
Ken Kercheval Jul. 15, 1935 - STILL LIVING
- "ACTOR IN DALLAS”
Kathryn C. Kercheval Aug. 11,1932 - Apr. 25,1999
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FAMILY, HOSPITAL WILL HONOR
J. M. KEERCHEVAL

His wife and two children, in cooperation with the Vermillion County Hospital, will honor the late Dr. J. Marine Kercheval tomorrow with the official unveiling of a bronzed statue which has been placed in the entryway of the hospital in his honor.
Christine Kercheval of 459 S. 5th street, her daughter Kathryn, and her son Ken will present the bronze statue during public ceremonies at 2 p.m. Saturday at the north entrance to the hospital.
The Kercheval were notified several months ago that the hospital had chosen to commemorate Marine Kercheval for his extended services to persons in the Parke-Vermillion area, and the family decided to commission John Solie, artist, to create the statue depicting Dr. Kercheval.
Solie is best-known for his celebrity portraits he did for TV Guide magazine and his portrait of the "Lost Challenger Flight Crew" which now hangs in the National Space Museum.
His sculpture was created to the family's vivid memories of Dr. Kercheval and his strong service to the community and his continued willingness to make house calls.
Not coincidentally, the sculptured figure being dedicated Saturday is entitled "House Calls."
Solie just returned from Russia where he had been invited by Russia through the National Aeronautical Space Administration to witness a Russian orbiter launching and create four paintings of it for the Russian space program. The project is a joint venture of NASA's and the Russians.
Doctor Kercheval was an exceptional, unique individual, and hidden behind his gruff-appearing exterior was a man full of fun, humor and genuine compassion and concern for
those who were in need. He was everything to everyone: a respected doctor, a loving father and a great husband.
Marine was born in Greensburg, Ind., in 1899, and he attended Indiana University for his medical training. While an intern at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, he met Christine Räuber, a native of Clinton, who was the surgery supervisor of the hospital.
The two were married in 1926, and in 1927, after completing a fellowship in surgery at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, the Kerchevals left the big city for Wolcottville, a small town in northern Indiana.
While in Wolcottville the Kerchevals had two children: Kathryn and Ken. Marine and Christine set up their own private hospital - something they both wanted and worked hard for - even though they could have gone into a large practice with his father in Indianapolis. They chose to work on their own, and in doing so Dr. Kercheval made medical history in Indiana when he became the first to hand out immunizations to children for whooping cough. The state provided the vaccine while the Kerchevals donated hundreds of hours immunizing every school-aged child in the area.
After Wolcottville they moved to Mississippi where Dr. Kercheval worked first at a regular hospital, and later at a VA hospital in Gulfport as a surgeon.
Next came the move which brought the Kerchevals to Clinton, and once in Clinton, Dr. Kercheval, with the assistance of his wife, set up practice and began serving Parke and Vermillion County residents. This doctor-nurse teamwork was an arrangement which continued through most of the Kerchevals' lives.
Dr. Kercheval was one of the very last area doctors to make house calls, a trait which directly lent itself to the title of the bronze statue being dedicated.
Many times he would drive to his office with his loyal boxer dog Jody riding next to him. During the day, Jody would sit quietly under the doc• tor's desk while he saw his patients - faithful to the owner he loved so much.
Dr. Kercheval was also master of another trade - music. If he was not playing his violin, saxophone or piano, he was listening to classical and semi-classical music. It could have been the music that kept Dr. Kercheval so youthful, vibrant and alive, but one thing is for certain - he was a fireball. He loved young people and was always there to listen, truly caring about what they had to say.
He also had two other "loves" Packard cars and Picayune cigarettes. Everyone would always know when the doctor was around simply by the smell which came from his small, cigar-like cigarettes.
In 1967 Dr. Kercheval passed away, but his memory remains very much alive in the hearts of many who knew him. His daughter, Kathryn, said he would probably like most to be remembered for his great sense of humor and vitality. "He had a zest for life and a love of people," she said.
It was very fortunate for Clinton that Marine and Christine Kercheval decided to make their home in Clinton. The residents of Parke and Vermillion Counties were quite fortunate when the Kerchevals chose to live and work in this community.
Both Christine and Kathryn continue to reside in Clinton, and Ken, who lives in Los Angeles, continuously insists "he will always be a Clintonian."


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  • Created by: Harrison Pierce
  • Added: 27 May 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 90834662
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Marine Kercheval (24 Jul 1899–12 Feb 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 90834662, citing Walnut Grove Cemetery, Clinton, Vermillion County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Harrison Pierce (contributor 47097901) .