Clarence Kerschinske, 83, of Fremont died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, at his home.

He was born June 3, 1927, in Muscatine, Iowa, to Julius and Olga (Brendel) Kerschinske. He grew up there, graduating from high school in 1945. He then served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Alaska and was honorably discharged in 1946.

After his military service, he attended the University of Iowa, graduating in 1950. He went to work for Hormel Foods Corp. in 1950 in Austin, Minn., as a salesman, then went briefly to Sioux Falls, S.D., before returning to Austin. He came to Fremont with Hormel in November 1952. He retired after 37 years in 1987. Most of those years, he was the credit manager. He had been on the board of the Fremont First Central Credit Union for many years.

Clarence was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont and its Lutheran Laymen's League. He had served on several of the committees and held several offices of the church, as well as zone offices of the church. He had been confirmed as an adult in 1952 in St. John's Lutheran Church in Austin. For 18 years, Clarence served with the Boy Scouts in various leadership roles and on various committees. Clarence and his wife, Lois, have been the recipients of the Boy Scouts "Award of Merit." He had also been a coach in Fremont city youth baseball leagues. He was a 50-plus year member of American Legion Post 20 of Fremont and he was an active member of the Golden ‘K' Kiwanis Club.

Clarence was married on May 18, 1952, to Lois Onken in Zion Lutheran Church in Muscatine.

Survivors include: his wife, Lois; children, David (and wife, Patsy) Kerschinske of Fremont and their children, Andrew and Amber (and her husband, Derek) Carruthers, John (and wife, Denise) Kerschinske of Cedar Bluffs and their son, Julius, Beth (and husband, Mike) Patterson of Omaha and their children, Brett, Kimberly and Sean, Paul (and wife, Brigid) Kerschinske of Omaha and their children, Connor and Claire, and James (and wife, Rebecca) Kerschinske of Hartland, Wis., and their children, Adam and Matthew; and a sister, Lillian Garvin of Ogallala.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Olga; twin sister, Helen at 3 days of age; a half brother, Adolph Klatt and his wife, Inajean, who were from Muscatine.

The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fremont with the Rev. Dan Heuer officiating. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at Ludvigsen Mortuary in Fremont with the family present from 6-8 p.m. Burial will be in Memorial Cemetery in Fremont with military honors by the Fremont Honor Guard of American Legion Post 20 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 854.

Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church.

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