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Leon Jay ‘Pinky’ Kerns

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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 is 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, Carroll 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) Gravley, Cody (Dana) Allen, Heath (fiancée Jackie Hanson) Allen, Morgan Allen, Hannah (Ben) Jernigan and Matt Kerns; and great-grandchildren, Maggie Wilcoxon, Mac and Hayden Gravley, and Braidynn, Albert Benjamin and Asher Thomas Jernigan; and a sister, Goldie Watkins.

He previously worked at A.J. Miller and Dinovo’s, and worked for Notestine’s Flooring until retirement.

He was an avid bowler and member of the 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 WWII 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 the 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.

Memorial contributions may be to the First Lutheran Church, 208 W. Sandusky Ave., Bellefontaine 43311; and the Frank D. Castle VFW Post 1080, 216 Orchard Ave., Bellefontaine.

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