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Kenneth G. Kerchner

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 2nd, 2013

Kenneth G. Kerchner, 79, of Mendota died Dec. 30, 2012 at his residence.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5 at Holy Cross Church, Mendota with Rev. Geoff Horton officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4 at the Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota.

Mr. Kerchner was born May 21, 1933 in Mendota to Carl and Rena (Mann) Kerchner. He married Marian Glaser on June 25, 1955 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Sublette.

Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Karen Richards of La Salle; one granddaughter, Meghann Richards; two brothers, Carl Kerchner and Wilbert (Carol) Kerchner, both of Mendota; one sister, Ruth Molln of Ohio; one stepsister, Helen Carr of Mendota; one stepsister-in-law, Dora Piller of Mendota; and his longtime pet companion, Whitey.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Oscar and George; and two sisters, Margaret and Marie.

Mr. Kerchner was the original owner of a two-door, mint-condition, unrestored 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 Sedan that he took to car shows in 44 states. Over the years he received more than 1,000 car show awards. He was employed by Mendota Community Hospital for 23 years in the laundry facility. He started Kenís TV Tower and Antenna business in 1955 and operated it for 52 years before transferring ownership to HD Digital TV Antenna and Tower, Sublette, where he continued to work. He was a member of Holy Cross Church, Mendota.

Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established later.

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