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William E. Kerske

January 22, 1924 - February 27, 2009

SPRINGFIELD – William E. Kerske Sr., 85, of Springfield died at 8:40 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at Memorial Medical Center.

He was born January 22, 1924, in Springfield, the son of Fred and Nellie Landacre Kerske. He married Kelly Shinnick in 1941; she preceded him in death on Jan. 23, 1988.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; a son, Robert Kerske Sr.; and a daughter, Nancy Perry.

He is survived by three daughters, Marilyn (husband, Jim) Martin of Springfield, Linda Kerske of Longmont, Colo. and Kathy (husband, Brock) Dunlap of New Berlin; three sons, William E. Kerske Jr. of Springfield, John Kerske (companion, Rose Williams) of Roach, Mo. and Jim L. (wife, Sarah Sam) Kerske of Pleasant Hill, Mo.; 14 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

William was a lifelong resident of Springfield. He retired from Fiatallis. He was a member of St. Cabrini Church, EAA, Quarter Midgets of America, NHRA and UAW. He enjoyed model railroading.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until the time of funeral services at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2009, at Staab Funeral Home, with the Rev. Richard Chiola officiating. Private burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the William E. Kerske Sr. Memorial Fund.

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