Paul D. Kernan Sr., 84, of Aledo, Illinois, died in his home surrounded by his family on Monday, November 25, 2013. Services are 2 p.m., Saturday, November 30, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Aledo. Burial is at the Aledo Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Aledo. Flowers are one expression of God's love, but the people of His church show and share that love. Therefore, the family asks that you consider giving a memorial to the First Baptist Church of Aledo. Fippinger Funeral Home is serving the family and online condolences may be made at www.fippingerfuneralhome.com.
Paul was born at home in Seaton, IL on January 31, 1929 to Erwin and Elsie Jane (Kemp) Kernan. Paul graduated from Aledo High School in 1947.
He joined the Navy in January of 1948 and graduated from their Hospital Corpsmen School with a rank of P.O.3. He was honorably discharged in 1952. While serving, he met Josephine J. Beck of Everett, MA and they were married June 11, 1950 in Allston, MA, and they remained married until his passing. He graduated from the Moline Institute of Commerce with classes in accounting.
Paul worked in various jobs from butcher to bookkeeping until being elected as Clerk of the Court of Mercer County in 1964 where he was re-elected 8 times and served for 32 years. He also had a private business preparing taxes and was a trustee for several local farms.
He is the past President of the Illinois Association of Court Clerks, and he held offices in Young Republicans, J.C.s, and Exchange Club. He was a member of Oak View Country Club since 1955 and served on its board for many years. Over the years, he enjoyed bowling, golfing and playing cards.
Survivors include his wife, Jo, children: Linda (Jerry) Jensen of Kentwood, MI, Cindy (Eric) Baker of Edgerton, WI, Dean (Lindi) Kernan of Alpha, IL, Jodi (Rick) Ringle of Fox Lake, IL, Jayni (Randy) Weber of Silvis and many grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his siblings: Ed Kernan, Fred (Joyce) Kernan, Ella (Logan) Luallen of Aledo, IL; and a sister-in-law: Wilma Kernan of Aledo, IL; several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Dorothy McKnight, Isabelle Dow, Charles, Carl, James and Kenneth.
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Friday, November 29th, 2013, 4:00pm - 7:00pm, Aledo First Baptist Church
Saturday, November 30th, 2013, 2:00pm, Aledo First Baptist Church