Posted: May 13, 2019
Funeral Home: Leavitt Funeral Home
James Atha Kerns, 86, passed away May 11th 2019, approximately 3:20 p.m. at his home in Pataskala,Ohio.
He was formerly of Sun St. Parkersburg. Jim was born June 26, 1932, in Fairmont, a son of the late, Ina Ellen Vangilder and Timothy Francis Kerns.
Jim retired from Kaiser Aluminum after 30 years. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years and was stationed at Manston Airforce Base, England, during the Korean War. He and his wife, JoAnn,were married 67 years.
Jim and JoAnn have been members of Bethel Baptist church for many years. They sang in the choir, and he served as an elder and deacon. He volunteered with Lubeck Volunteer Fire Department for several years and enjoyed his garden, hunting, camping, fishing and, of course, a spin on his motorcycle every now and then.
Jimmy is survived by, his wife, JoAnn Haney Kerns; one sister, Patricia KernsTatterson Kocelik,Joe; daughters, Jeanne Kerns Dorton (Jeff) and Melody Kerns Bieser (Tom); five grandchildren, Thomas Bieser (Nadia), James Bieser (Kellie), Jacob Dorton (Steph), Josiah Dorton (Mayra), Daisy Dorton Armstrong (Simon) also was blessed with 16 great-grandchildren, Asher, Nyah, Cyrah, Yasmin, Oliver, JJ, Noah, Annie, Henry, Jonas, Izaak, Josie, Mason, Charleym, Parker and Rosley .
He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Kerns, brother in law Tom Tatterson and three sisters, Dot Kerns Steel, (Jack), Margaret Kerns Sicardi, (Si) and Mary Kerns Clark.
Services will be 1 p.m. Friday May 17, 2019, at Leavitt Funeral Home, 403 7th street Parkersburg. Burial will be 4 p.m. Friday at Mount Zion cemetery, Fairmont, with military honors. Family visitation will be Friday 10-11 a.m.; friends can visit between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Online condolences may be sent at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com.