Felix A. Kerns

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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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