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Life Story / Obituary
Age 94, died November 4, 2016 in Jackson. He was born October 1922 in Utica, OH the son of Charles and Grace (Gordon) Kerney. Joel was a draftsman for National Waterlift, retiring on September 30, 1987. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia “Ginny” Kerney on January 7, 2016; parents; and siblings: Ed and Paul Kerney, Ruth Williams and Dorothy Richied. Surviving are 3 children: Teri (Ed) Hartmann, Steve Kerney and John Kerney; 7 grandchildren: Kevin and Kim VanderKlok, Krystal, Alyssa, Jessica and Michaela Kerney, and Alissa Hartmann; 5 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place and private services are being planned. Please visit Joel’s personal memory page at www.BetzlerFuneralHome.com, where you can archive favorite memory or photo of him and sign his online guestbook. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Kalamazoo Humane Society or the American Red cross. Betzler Life Story Funeral Homes, 6080 Stadium Drive; Kalamazoo (269) 375-2900.