Paul L. Kershner, 85

Posted on June 28, 2013

Paul L. Kershner, 85, passed away at 11:07 p.m. June 26, 2013, at IU Health Blackford Community Hospital.
He was born in Montpelier on Sept. 7, 1927, to Alfred Kershner Sr. and Lena (Spears) Kershner.
Paul was in the United States Navy Seabees from March 16, 1945, until June 16, 1946.
He married Nellie R. (Dardine) Kershner on Dec. 15, 1946, in Montpelier.
Paul retired from Dana Corporation in Marion after 31 years of service, where he was the second shift superintendent. He also drove a charter bus for Summit Coach after retirement for 15 years. He also had driven a Blackford County School Bus as a part-time driver. He was also co-owner and operator of Kershner Shell Gas Station in Hartford City.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Hartford City, where he was a Sunday School Teacher, a Deacon, Church Trustee and sang in the Choir. He was also a member of The Blackford Masonic Lodge 106 F & A.M., Scottish Rite Valley of Ft. Wayne, Mizpah Shriners and Blackford County Shrine Club. He was very active in Shrine Club, where he transported children to Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago for many years. He was a former Hartford City Council Member, he delivered Meals on Wheels and he had organized and made many trips to the Shrine Circus transporting children and nursing home residents. He was a member of Dana Camping Club and enjoyed woodworking.
Paul will be sadly missed by his wife, Nellie R. Kershner of Hartford City; daughters, Pauletta J. (Gregory E.) Fisher of Rushville; Pamela A. (Richard A. “Dick”) Tarr of Hartford City; Michelle K. (Gary L.) Blount of Bluffton; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his son, Michael D. Kershner; brothers, Harry Kershner, Hershel Kershner, Alfred Kershner Jr.; and sisters, Blanch Dennis and Naomi Smith.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at First Presbyterian Church, 117 W. Franklin St., Hartford City, with Rev. Bob A. Wauzzinski officiating. Burial will follow at Hartford City Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Keplinger Funeral Home, 509 N. High St., Hartford City and from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at First Presbyterian Church.
Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707.
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