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     Johnie Homer Kerney, 79, formerly of Lamar, MO and Pekin, IL, went home to be with the Lord on February 13, 2016 with his family by his side.

     Johnie was born July 25, 1936 near Jasper, to Willis and Iola G. (Cones) Kerney.  Johnie attended Webb City Schools and then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps 1953 – 1955.  He married Doris Swanger and they had three daughters, Debra, Robin and Mary. He married Opal Dockery and had one son John and one daughter, Melissa. Married Patricia Shumney and had one daughter Kimberly. Then had one daughter, Kristina B. Kerney whose mother is Janice Seeley.

     Johnie loved hunting, guns, fishing, dogs, motor cycles, fast cars, and square dancing, belonging to many square dancing clubs in MO and IL. Johnie was a laborer most of his life, retiring from Garnac Grain Co., Pekin, IL due to health issues.

     Johnie was preceded in death by his parents, Willis and Iola Kerney, one sister Marilyn Sanders, and two grandchildren.

     Survivors include one sister, Barbara (Kerney) Lofton of Oronogo, MO; daughters, Debra (Kerney) Hosp, and husband Tommy of Purcell, MO, Robin (Kerney) Frink, and husband Richard, of Carthage, MO, Mary Ann (Kerney) Smith and husband John of Carthage, MO, Melissa (Kerney) Irlandi of Port Charlotte, FL, Kimberly (Kerney) Howard and husband Tom of Miller, MO, Kristine Kerney of Pekin, IL; one son, John Howard Kerney of Milford, MO; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren’ two great great-granddaughters; four nieces, Marsha, Patty, Tammy and Becky; one nephew, Alvin; an aunt, Nellie Higgins; an uncle Lee Cones; many cousins, including his cousin and best friend, Larry Gale Higgins and wife Mary of Jerico Springs, Missouri.

     Special thanks to Hospice Compasus for such great care.

     Funeral service will be 1:00 pm Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Daniel Funeral Home with burial to follow at Greenfield Cemetery, Jerico Springs, MO.

     The family will receive friends 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Friday at Daniel Funeral Home.

     A family gathering will be held at 818 W. Central, Carthage, MO following the burial.



#5 Joplin, MoMary Hendryx 2016-02-20 09:17
To my dear friend Robin and heartfelt condolences. It was an honor to have met your Dad, Johnie, at Christmas time. God's continued grace and loving comfort to you all.
#4 pekin,ilPam Cullum 2016-02-19 12:41
Oh my! I don't know what to say.. Johnnie was my father in law when he was married to Arletta "Kay"- my ex mother in law. He was one of the kindest most genuine loving men I ever had the privilege to know. He stood up with Jerry and I at our wedding. I still have the picture of him holding a shotgun at the ceremony being silly. I loved him! Loved his laugh n his huge heart! I will look forward to dancing with him in heaven! My sympathy n prayer for the family... :-(
#3 Lamar MOTravis Buck 2016-02-17 11:39
Johnie was a big part of my growing up teaching me to hunt and fish. Johnie dad and I shot thousands of clay pigeons together. I look back with found memories of a simpler time. Our thoughts are with his family. I will miss you my friend.
#2 Carthage MoPaul Dobbins 2016-02-17 09:21
Enjoyed Sq Dancing with John At Jasper Eagles . Jasper Mo Carol Also enjoyed having couple of kids in her class at Lamar all so Very sorry for your loss . Paul Dobbins
#1 Clinton INAmanda Hooker Wallace Johnies 2016-02-16 07:51
God be with my family, wish I could be there with them. I love you all.

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