SIKESTON - Elmer L. Kernell Sr., 84, died at 3:05 a.m. Dec. 13, 2005, at his home.
Born Nov. 23, 1921, in Morley, to the late L.W. and Ethel Lillian Holmes Kernell, he served in the United States Army during World War II in the 84th infantry division, "the Railsplitters," was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge in Germany and received a Purple Heart, EAME ribbon with two Bronze Stars, overseas service bar, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantryman and Expert Infantryman Badges and award for Patriotic Service. He had resided in Sikeston, Elgin, Ill., and Gipsy, Mo. He was of the Baptist belief and had worked for Florsheim Shoe Company in Chicago, and was a mechanic at Semo Motor Company in Sikeston. He had been a service manager and salesman for Illinois Contractors in Elmhurst, Ill. He was a Shriner with the Tebala Lodge in Elgin and a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans of Foreign Wars.
On Sept. 27, 1941, in Gray Ridge, he married Joyce Sitzes, who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Elmer L. and Judy Kernell, Jr. of Lombard, Ill.; one daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Denny Ackmann of Simi Valley, Calif.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Clyde Keller and Loretta and Jerry Pullen, all of Sikeston; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, one brother, Wallace Kernell, preceded him in death.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel, where services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Larry Fraser of Wickliffe, Ky., officiating.
Burial will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, with full military rites conducted by the Missouri Military Funeral Honor Guard Unit.
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