Norman “Dwayne” Kerns

Norman “Dwayne” Kerns, 78, of Homeland Rd. Jane Lew passed away at 2:45 a.m., on Sunday, April 8, 2018, in the Cortland Acres Nursing Home in Thomas.

He was born in Grafton on April 22, 1939, a son of the late Dorsey Everly Kerns and Lena Gay Bolyard Kerns.

On October 11, 2003, he married Ruth “Arlene” Cayton, who will miss him dearly after 14 years of marriage.

His kind, hard working nature will be carried on by one son, Rickie Kerns and wife, Christy, of Grafton; two grandchildren: Maverick and Christian Kerns; three stepchildren: Wayne Simon and wife, Arienne of Harrison City, PA, Becky McDaniels and husband, Matt, of Buckhannon, and Heather Pitzer and husband, Rich, of Jane Lew; six step grandchildren: Braeden and Caeley Simon, Shelby and Brody McDaniels, and Richard and Ryan Pitzer; three siblings: Margaret Rogers of Grafton, Blane Kerns and wife, Sandi, of Old Fields, and Ronald Kerns and wife, Louise, of Grafton; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two siblings: Robert Kerns, and Pauline Straley; and a brother-in-law, Ray Rogers.

Known as “Red Bird”, Dwayne worked as a self-employed truck driver most of his life, primarily hauling coal, steel, and rock, but retired from Shriver Trucking in Weston with several years of service. He was an avid Nascar fan, who cheered for Davey Allison or Ernie Irvan to take the checkered flag. While living in Paisely, FL for five years, he developed a love for the beach and enjoyed visiting as often as possible. He loved to travel and had fond memories of vacationing with his wife in Branson, MO, and at the Grand Canyon. He took great pride in maintaining his property, and providing for his family.

Dwayne’s request for cremation has been honored and his family will have a private Celebration of Life Service at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent directly to Arlene Kerns at 127 Homeland Rd. Jane Lew, WV 26378.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of Norman Dwayne Kerns.

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