Chester Kershner, 87, Moran, died Sunday evening, March 24, 2013 at Moran Manor Nursing Home. He was born Oct. 3, 1925 in Blue Mound, to his parents George Franklin and Ada Roney Kershner. He was raised by his foster parents Bert Clinton and Isabell Hartman Krull.
He married Lois Irene Ross on Feb. 28, 1947 in Mound City. She preceded him in death on Oct. 8, 2011.
Chester served in the Asiatic-Pacific theater during World War II with the U.S. Navy in the Lion Four group. He was a member of Moran United Methodist Church and the American Legion. He worked for McAdams Construction for over 40 years. He also worked as an insurance agent and as Moran city clerk. Throughout his life he enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, watching both his kids and grandchildren grow and participate in sports and socializing at Chancy’s.
Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Kershner and his wife Connie, Chanute, and Dennis Kershner and his wife Jan, Iola; a sister, Darlene Cyre, Overland Park; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and six step-great grandchildren. In addition to his wife Lois, he was preceded in death by his parents and foster parents; five brothers, Iiron, David and Claude Kershner, Hubert Shaw, Rollon Wright; two sisters, Anabelle Linhardt and Rosita Beck; and a grandson, Christopher Kershner.
The Rev. Bill LaPorte will conduct funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at United Methodist Church of Moran under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Fort Scott National Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Olson-Frary-Burkhart Post 1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Detail.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Allen County Animal Rescue Facility or Moran United Methodist Church and left in care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall St., P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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