Neil Kerner (92) of rural Newton


Published on February 15 2014 8:15 am

Neil E. Kerner, 92 of Newton, passed away at 10:26 AM Friday, February 14, 2014 at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney, IL.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM – Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Newton, IL with Fr. Mike Haag and Deacon Larry Miller celebrating mass. Burial will be in the New St. Peter Cemetery in Newton, IL with full military rites by Jasper Post #20 American Legion. Visitation will be held 5:00-7:00 PM – Monday, February 17, 2014 at the church. In loving memory of Neil, memorials may be made to the St. Thomas School or the Jasper County Boy’s and Girl’s Park. Arrangements are under the Blake-Buchanan Funeral Home in Newton, IL.

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Neil was born on February 8, 1922 in Jasper County, Illinois the son of Lou and Anna (Schackmann) Kerner. He married Grace Maxwell on August 23, 1947 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Newton, IL.
Neil served his country in the Unites States Army during World War II and was stationed in Germany.

Neil was a long-time Jasper County farmer until his retirement. He was committed to the betterment of his community serving as Wade Township supervisor for over 30 years. He was a founding father of the present-day boy’s and girl’s park organization. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan and very active in coaching while following his children’s sports. He also enjoyed playing cards and usually won.

Neil was a former member of the Newton VFW and the Jasper Post #20 American Legion. He was a member of the St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Newton and the Knights of Columbus #1704.

Neil is survived by his wife of 66 years- Grace Kerner of Newton, IL, his sister- Hilda Dhom of Effingham, 3 Children- Rita Kerner of Indianapolis, IN; Jerry Kerner of Springfield, MO and Mike (Pat) Kerner of Arcola, IL, 5 Grandchildren- Steven Kerner, Tyler Kerner, Staci Holmes, Bob Kerner and Julie Carpenter, 3 Great-Grandchildren, one of his greatest joys was having a Great-Grandchild born on his birthday.

Neil was preceded in death by his parents and 3 brothers Andrew, Carl and Emanuel “Botsy” Kerner.