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Aloysius (Al) Paul Kerschen

Aloysius (Al) Paul Kerschen slipped away peacefully Friday April 14, 2017 surrounded by his family.  Al was born the 3rd of 11 children on June 29, 1918 to Joseph Kerschen and Frances Gunzelman in Aleppo, KS.  

He served in WWII as a staff sergeant in the Army Air Corp with the 460th Bombardment Group (H) from 1943 to 1946.  He was a nose gunner on a B24 bomber and flew 50 combat missions over southern Europe.  In 1950 he married Maxine McCrea and they raised four children. 

Al had a strong faith and was a devout Catholic all his life. He worked for the Cessna Aircraft Company and the Beech Aircraft Company in Wichita, KS before joining the United States Air Force as a civilian inspector.  He worked with the Strategic Air Command in eastern Kansas, on the Gemini and Apollo space flights while in Mississippi and with McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft near St. Louis, MO.  Al retired in 1981 and spent the rest of his life enjoying his children, grandchildren, and most of all, his wife.

He is survived by his w;fe of 67 years, Maxine; his children, Kay Johnston, Michele Bowen, Bob Kerschen, and Joel Kerschen; two brothers, Joe Kerschen, and Bill Kerschen, 6 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. 

A memorial service will be held at a future time.

Donations can be made to KC Hospice House at:  https://www.kchospice.org/donate-now/



Posted in Kansas City Obituaries, Obituaries | on Thursday, Apr. 20th 2017 | 11 Comments »

11 Comments on “Aloysius (Al) Paul Kerschen”

  1. Tom & Kathy Borniger Says:

    He will always be missed.

  2. Mae Beth Spruill Says:

    Thinking of you all and keeping you in prayer. Max I love you. Mae Beth

  3. Alan J Kerschen Says:

    My wife and I offer our thoughts and prayers. Even at such a young age i remember your father with a gentle smile, friendly and kind. He certainly had a full and impressive life.

    Alan K

  4. Tom & Kathy Borniger Says:

    We will always miss him.

  5. Tom & Kathy Borniger Says:

    We will always love him and miss him.

  6. Frank & Lillian Reichart Says:

    Praise God for your loved one’s long life and faithful journey through this life and into eternal hands of God.

  7. Frank & Lillian Reichart Says:

    Praise God for your loved one’s long life and faithful journey through this life and into the eternal hands of God. May the Lord’s peace and grace comfort your all.

  8. T. Steele Says:

    Michele, Kay, and family- We are praying for all of you during this time of grief. Clearly your parents instilled the love of Christ in your hearts. May His Peace surround you. House of Steele

  9. Shirley Kerschen Says:

    He was the best of the best. I will never forget how loving and gentle he was to everybody. Jerry loved and always looked up to him. God bless you all! Shirley

  10. Joe Kerschen Says:

    My Brother Al was the best of the best, his ever present smile & enduring patience played a vital roll in his daily living. Al was always “Easy To Like”. His leaving this world creates for all of us a desire to be more like him.

  11. Dale and Connie Williams Says:

    We always enjoyed visiting with Al at the reunions. The first thing he would do is bring us up to date on kids and grandkids. we know you miss him and hope the memories will bring up his special smile and gentle humor.

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