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Kenneth Woodrow Kerstetter

1943 - 2019


Life’s Precious Moments: Que será, será


Kenneth Woodrow Kerstetter passed into eternity on July 29, 2019 after having duked it out with multiple formidable health enemies who finally ganged up and ambushed him, holding him captive until submission.


Ken made his debut into this world on 10/30/43, an awesome autumn Saturday in small town USA, Bellwood, PA to his parents Gertrude Mae Berry Kerstetter (1914-1975) & Woodrow Charles Kerstetter (1912-1985). His early years were spent with his special friend and brother, Charles Edward Kerstetter (1933) who joined the heavenly biker brigade in 1983. As a student, Ken graduated from Bellwood-Antis schools, where he was a gifted athlete, before studying at Penn College of Technology.


Ken excelled at being a jack of all trades who could ‘fix’ just about anything and could compute fractions to decimals and back with lightning speed in his head. His professional expertise ranged from building construction in Lancaster and Pittsburgh PA to design drafting at Sprout-Waldron, Koppers, Muncy, PA to preventative maintenance at Evangelical Hospital, Lewisburg, PA. His ready smile, quick wit, and helping hand endeared him to all who knew him.


He dedicated 53 years as a loving husband to Sandra Smith Kerstetter whom he married on July 16, 1966 at Bellwood, PA. He was a devoted family man and the proud father of 2 sons and a daughter whom he cherished and enjoyed, plus their spouses: Adam (Jennifer) Kerstetter of Millerton, PA, Ashley (Robert) Gerrish of Lyndonville, VT, and Austin (Ashley) Kerstetter of Danville, PA. He found great happiness in sharing special moments with each of them. They were his pride and joy. They were blessed to have had him as father and mentor.


As they made meaningful memories together, he taught them valuable life lessons: to use the correct bait when fishing and how to carefully un-snare the fisherman; to shoot straight by aiming where you are looking while looking where you are aiming; to use the correct tool to maximize the effort and simplify the job, whatever that demand might be; to see the resounding importance of history as evident through model trains; to realize that the order and organization of a garden are reflective of a productive life; and to just be their own wonderfully unique incomparable selves.


As an adoring grandfather, he treasured each of his 9 grandchildren: James, Dannielle, Zachary, Rylee, and Violet Kerstetter of Millerton, PA; Isabelle and Ellenor Gerrish of Lyndonville, VT and Greyson and Lukas Kerstetter of Danville, PA. They brought much joy and sunshine throughout his life, especially during the time when under siege by his mortal health enemies. As an amateur vocalist, he often sang a prophetic wisdom-laced favorite song to them: Que será, será, whatever will be, will be. The future's not ours to see.


He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He will be greatly missed by one and all in each walk of his life.  


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be donated in Ken’s name at Evangelical Hospital, One Hospital Drive, Lewisburg, PA. Family and friends may gather to share fond memories of Ken at Shaw Funeral Home, 400 North Front Street, Milton, PA from 6-8 pm on Thursday, August 1, 2019.  A private celebration of life will be held at the convenience of the family.



Dear Sandy and family,
Lavonia and I were very sorry to hear about Ken passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
John Voneida

Dear Sandy and Family.
I just found out from someone that Kenny has passed. I am so sorry to hear that. The last time I saw him was at Jerry Hollabaugh II viewing and funeral. Someone said he and you came to Uncle Jerry"s visitation but I didn't see you. I thought of you both sometimes and met your son Adam one day when he and Kenny came on their cycles. He and his family were part of my growing up years so sometimes when we would talk at family gatherings they would be a part of the conversation. I even run into Carol occasionally. You will all be in my thoughts occasionally and always in my prayers. May God Bless and Keep You In His Care. Janet (Baldwin ) Claar (I still live "next " door to their house. )

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