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  Lenox Time Table
Lenox, Iowa
Thursday, December 08, 1932

OBITUARY ~ JOSEPH SPENCER KERNS

Joseph Spencer Kerns was born February, 4th, 1857, near Monmouth, Illinois, and died November 26, 1932 at Gravity, Iowa, aged 75 years, 9 months and 22 days.

He moved from Illinois with his parents in 1871 and located in Taylor county, Iowa, 9 miles south and west of Corning, la. He was united in marriage to Carry Adella Barton of near Gravity, January 22,1885. They have spent most of their married life in the vicinity of Lenox, Clearfield and Gravity.

To this union were born 11 children, one son Harry Jay passed away in infancy. Another son, Fred Leon died at the age of 33 years.

Mr. Kerns was a kind and loving husband; an affectionate father. He was very highly esteemed in the community for his upright life. He leaves to mourn his loss; a faithful wife, 9 children, 23 grand-children, one great grand child and two brothers. The four sons are Walter of Creston, Roy of Sharpsburg, Guy of Clarinda and Harold of Clearfield. The five daughters are Mrs. John King of Omaha, Mrs. Otto Atken of Villisca, Mrs. Ernest Huber of Sharpsburg, Mrs. Elmo Grace of Clarinda, and Mrs. Clyde O'Neal of Prescott. The brothers are D. P. Kerns of St. Augustine, Florida, and S. T. Kerns of Corning, Iowa. .

Mr. and Mrs. Kerns united with the Methodist Episcopal Church of Sharpsburg in 1923 later transferring their letters to Calvary church near Clearfield, then to Gravity in 1926 where they are now members.

"Father, we miss you.
We miss you from your place;
A shadow o'er our life is cast;
We miss the sunshine of your face.
We miss your vacant chair,
We miss thy fond and earnest care.

Funeral services were held in the Methodist Church at Gravity conducted by Rev. R. U. Felt; Interment in Clearfield cemetery.

Transcription by Lorelei Rusco, December of 2011

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