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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Russell L. Kernechel

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

formerly of Macungie

Russell L. Kernechel, 88, formerly of Allentown and Macungie, died Sept. 30, 2018, in Treyburn Rehabilitation Center, Durham, N.C. He was the husband of the late Nancy K. (Newhard) Kernechel and Patricia (Buss) Kernechel. Born in Quakertown, he was a son of the late William and Sara (Schaffer) Kernechel.

He was a carpenter and worked for Dries Building Supply for 25 years, retiring in 1992.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and was the recipient of a Purple Heart, Korean Campaign Medal and three Bronze Stars.

He was a member of VFW Post #9264, Macungie, Topton Legion Post #217, Greenleaf Lodge #561 F.&A.M., Allentown, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Bethlehem Forest #61 and was a former Scoutmaster of Troop 11 for 15 years.

He was a member of the former St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Allentown. Upon his move to North Carolina in 2015, he joined Plainview Baptist Church, Durham.

He is survived by a daughter, Debra K. and her husband Rev. Dr. Darrell Pond, of Durham, N.C.; son, Gregory A. and his wife Michele, of Whitehall; grandchildren, David Lewis and his wife Sarah and Jackie; great-grandchildren: Cameron, Austin, Hailey and Evelyn; brothers, Walter, of Kintnersville, Richard, of Bellmont, Texas, Chester, of Telford; sister, Ruth Wied, of Quakertown. He was predeceased by sisters, Kathryn Bossard, Dorothy Packer and Grace Kistler and brother Harold.

Contributions may be made to Dial 4 Prayer, 5212 Sky Lane Drive, Durham, N.C. 27704 or Plainview Baptist Church, 5200 Cheek Road, Durham, N.C. 27704.

Arrangements were made by the Stephens Funeral Home, Inc., Allentown.