VeteranFrancis Kerska

Francis E. Kerska, 73, of Bushnell, died at 2 p.m. Friday, March 7, 1997, at his residence.

He was born March 18, 1923, in Auburn, a son of Frank and Marie Domescik Kerska. He married Virginia Nagel on Feb. 6, 1947, in Springfield. She survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Randy (Mary) Killip of Blandinsville, Mrs. Paul (Jenny) Vancil of Prairie City and Mrs. Bob (Tina) Leiner of Chillicothe; two sisters, Mrs. Guy (Lenora) Boyd of Browning and Betty Cassel of Cartersville, Ga.; and five grandchildren.

One brother and one sister preceded him in death.

He farmed for 20 years. He then owned and operated Kerska Oil Co. for 20 years. After retiring, he was a school bus driver for Bushnell-Prairie City School District for more than five years. He was a referee for basketball and football for 43 years and he served on the McDonough County Board. A World War II Army Air Forces veteran, he served as a co-pilot of a B-17 Bomber. He was a member of the Elks Club.

He also was a member of Bushnell United Methodist Church, where services were held Tuesday with Rev. James Wheeler and Rev. Mary Kathryn Pearce officiating. Burial was in Bushnell Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to McDonough District Hospital Hospice in Macomb or to his church choir or to his church.

Martin-Hollis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

From the Peoria Journal Star.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 3/12/1997

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