Obituary for Claude "Dick" Kernell

Claude "Dick" Kernell, 82, of Berlin Heights, passed away on Sunday September 4, 2016 at Twilight Garden in Norwalk. He was born on January 19, 1934 in Sikeston, MO, and has lived in Berlin Heights for over 60 years. He received an Associates Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and worked at several manufacturing plants including being Chief Process Engineer at Bendix Westinghouse. He helped start two manufacturing plants in Salisbury, NC and Frankfurt, KY. He started Kernell's Automatic Machining ...
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Claude "Dick" Kernell, 82, of Berlin Heights, passed away on Sunday September 4, 2016 at Twilight Garden in Norwalk. He was born on January 19, 1934 in Sikeston, MO, and has lived in Berlin Heights for over 60 years. He received an Associates Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and worked at several manufacturing plants including being Chief Process Engineer at Bendix Westinghouse. He helped start two manufacturing plants in Salisbury, NC and Frankfurt, KY. He started Kernell's Automatic Machining in 1969. Claude excelled at sports. He played semi-professional hockey, enjoyed swimming, ice skating, long nature walks and playing cards. He was a devoted family man who loved watching his grandchildren play sports, and teaching others his skills. He is survived by his wife of 65 years Wilma Jean (Coultrip), his children Jeff (Betty) Kernell, of Norwalk, Vicki (Gene) Seck, of Berlin Heights, four grandchildren Erik (Kelsey) Kernell, Tessie Kernell, Jeremy (Julie) Seck, and Shana (Chris) Ceccoli, great grandchildren, Adalyn, William and Eli Kernell, Will, Luke and Claire Ceccoli, Brady and Charlie Seck, siblings Violet Toth, Dan (Judy) Kernell, Jean (Louie) Nelson, Lorena Tellman, John Kernell, Norman (Belinda) Kernell, sister-in-law Marie Kernell, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother Bernice (Holmes) and step-father G.A. Watson, and his two brothers Lynn Roy, and Bill Kernell. Friends may call on Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Morman-Hinman-Tanner Funeral Home, 38 South Street, Berlin Heights. Services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 am at the First Congregational UCC on Main Street in Berlin Heights. Pastor Casey Cain will be officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at mormanfuneralhome.com Memorial contributions may be made to Back To The Wild 4504 Bardshar Rd, Castalia, OH 44824 or the First Congregational UCC PO Box 66 Berlin Heights, Ohio 44814.
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Recent Condolence Notes

Wednesday, 4/11/2018
So sorry to hear of the passing of your husband, Wilma Jean and your father Vicki.

Chris Kline
- Chris Kline

Sunday, 9/11/2016
Sorry to the family for your loss. Many good memories of him and the family as I grew up in BH.

Ted Vartorella
Plainwell, MI
- Ted Vartorella

Thursday, 9/8/2016
I have been a nurse for 22 years and have had many people touch my life during my career ... But ... Claude and Wilma Jean are special ... They touched me on a deeper level ... One that pushed me to be better ... One that made me look forward to my job every day... One that made me feel like I made a difference . I loved walking into Claude's room and listening to his music with him and seeing his grin when I would say "it's time for your medicine " and he would say always "it is ? How about that ." I looked forward to visits with Wilma Jean knowing that she trusted me so much it mattered when i worked and when I didn't . That's what nursing is about . Not just the patient ... But the patients family and whole being matters . May u all know how loved Claude and the whole family was at Twilight. Take care Wilma Jean and Vicki and the whole family . Love Always . Anita Russell RN .
- Anita Russell

Wednesday, 9/7/2016
We are sorry for your loss and offer our condolences. Our family will continue to pray for your family.
With deep sympathy,
The Douglas Brummett family.
- Douglas Brummett

Dear Wilma Jean,

Please accept my sincere condolences on Dick's passing. He was such a wonderful man. My parents treasured the friendship the four of you shared and always enjoyed the time you spent together. My heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,
Susan Boose
- Susan Boose

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