September 9, 1951 – November 26, 2017

Michael Charles Kerner, 66 of Arcola, formerly of Newton, IL passed away at11:55 p.m. on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at his residence.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 30 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Arcola. Father Angel Sierra and Father R. Dean Probst will officiate. Burial will follow in the Arcola Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at the Edwards Funeral Home in Arcola. Memorial contributions may be made to establish a scholarship with the Arcola Foundation in Mike’s name, or to SBLHC Cancer Center.

Mike was born on September 9, 1951 in Newton, IL. He was a son of Neil and Grace (Maxwell) Kerner. He married Patricia Kleiss on June 30, 1973 in Decatur, IL. Mike graduated from Eastern Illinois University after playing baseball for four years as a third baseman and serving as captain of the team. After college baseball he played second base with the 1978 National Fast Pitch Champion S&K team, he was then installed as a member of the Illinois Fast Pitch Hall of Fame both as an individual and a team. Mike was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, the Kaskaskia County Club where he also served on the board, a member of Newton Knights of Columbus, and he served as a member of the Arcola Fire Protection District from 1997 to 2015. Mike had worked his entire career for S&K. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, he was an all-round sportsman.  He loved all sports, both watching and participating.  He announced Arcola High School Basketball games for many years, worked the chain gang at Arcola Football games, and he was the Arcola Summer Rec President.

Mike is survived by his wife, Pat of Arcola; two children, Julie (Kerner) Carpenter and her husband Grant of Indianapolis, IN and Bob Kerner of Arcola; two grandchildren, Oliver Neil and Audrey Sara Carpenter; one brother, Jerome Kerner of Springfield, MO and one sister, Rita Kerner of Indianapolis, IN.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Most of all Mike loved being with his family, especially his grandchildren.