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Louis Kerner

October 8, 1929 — August 19, 2016

Louis M. Kerner, 86, of Alpha, IL died Friday, August 19, 2016 at his granddaughter's home in Rock Island. Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August, 25, 2016 at Peterson-Wallin-Knox Funeral Home in Alpha. Burial is in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee where graveside military services will be conducted. Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home where a memorial fund will be established. Online condolences can be made at

He was born October 8, 1929 in Kewanee, IL to Matthew and Louise Sherbeyn Kerner. He graduated from Galva High School in 1947. On August 12, 1950, he married H. "Ruth" Kerner in Galva, IL. She died April 19, 2015.

He was a U.S. Army veteran from 1951-1953, having served in Korea.

Louis farmed in the Galva and Kewanee area, retiring in 1992. He also assisted at the Peterson-Wallin-Knox Funeral Homes in Alpha and Woodhull.

He enjoyed vegetable gardening, jigsaw and word puzzles and especially spending time with his family.

Survivors include, one son, David (Teresa) Kerner of Galva, 5 grandchildren, Angela (Jim Miles) Freberg of Rock Island, Amy (Rich Waggoner) Freberg of New Windsor, Chad (Caroline) Freberg of Illinois City, Amanda Freberg of New Windsor, Joshua Porter of Galva, 7 great grandchildren, two brothers, Richard (Mary Jane) Kerner of Norman, Oklahoma and Terry (Linda) Kerner of Sheffield, Illinois, several nieces and nephews.

His parents, wife, one daughter, Doreen, one son, Virgil and one sister, Mary Lou preceded him in death.

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Korean Service Medal
United Nations Korean Service Medal
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Visitation Details

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016, 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Peterson Wallin Knox - Alpha, Illinois

Service Details

Thursday, August 25th, 2016, 10:30am, Peterson Wallin Knox - Alpha, Illinois

Interment Details

Pleasant View Cemetery

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