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home : obituaries : local obituaries August 17, 2017

8/6/2017 5:46:00 PM
Larry James Kercheval
July 26, 1958 - Aug. 4, 2017

Larry James Kercheval, age 59, of Kirklin, Indiana, passed away peacefully Friday morning, Aug. 4, 2017, at his home in Kirklin, surrounded by his loving family.

Born July 26, 1958 in Frankfort, he was the son of the late James Everett and Dorothy Ann (Lester) Kercheval.

He was very proud to be a lifelong resident of Clinton County and member of the Clinton Central High School Class of 1976. After high school, he entered the workforce. He was a longtime employee for General/Exide Battery and Precision Truss. He also worked for 15 years as the Indianapolis area Maintenance Director for Red Roof Inn hotels. When it was time to relax, he loved to go hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Kirklin Church of God. Family was his whole world. He was so excited and proud that he had the opportunity to work with his son Michael for several years doing landscaping. He also cherished the years growing up in Kirklin; being within blocks of his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Those years also gave him the opportunity to attend the Kirklin Wesleyan Church with that same, rather large, extended family. He fought an arduous battle with various illnesses, all while remaining positive, strong and very gracious. He was always ready to help anyone in need. He touched the lives and hearts of countless people throughout the years. His favorite saying was "I'm just on a journey, with every day being a different path."

Survivors include his loving wife, Carolyn Lynn (Lewis) Kercheval. They were married on Jan. 25, 2003. Also surviving are his son, Michael Shane Houston of Kirklin; 2 daughters, Ashlee Nichole Kercheval-Flood (Jason) of Frankfort and Chrystal Dawn Houston of Kirklin; 3 step sons, Robert Rhode of Lafayette, Shannon Rhode (Tammy) of Rossville and Joseph Rhode of Lafayette; step daughter, Patricia Rhode (Steve) of Lafayette; 3 brothers, Bruce A. Kercheval (Judy) of Monticello, Rodney L Kercheval (Chris) of rural Frankfort and Roger Kercheval of Kirklin; 3 sisters, Brenda D. Kehr (David) of Jacksonville, Fla., Melissa J. Gilhousen (Bob) of Kirklin and his "favorite Sis" Melinda D. Jobe (Kenny) of Kirklin; 14 grandchildren, Delaney Houston, Ella Vann, Dexter Houston, Branson Flood, Ciara Rhode, Brandon Rhode, Justin Rhode, Austin Rhode, Stevie Rhode, Scarlet Rhode, Rayce Houston, Kylie Merriman, Kayla Merriman and Corbin Crick; 3 great grandchildren; 1 uncle, Paul Richard Kercheval; 2 aunts, Wanda and Leesa Kercheval; and his canine BFF and loving protector, Baby Girl; as well as many nieces and nephews whom he loved deeply.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 granddaughters, Jerika and Alicia Rhode; brother in law, Craig Gilhousen; 3 sisters in law, Brenda, Betsy and Ima Lewis; in-laws, Robert and Zell Lewis; paternal grandparents, Everett Withrow and Lucille (Payne) Kercheval; Maternal grandparents, Arvel and Juanita (Trent) Lester; uncles, Bobby Lester, Ronald Lester, Perry Lester, Morris Kercheval and David Kercheval; and paternal aunts, Rebecca Kercheval and Mary Kercheval-Carlile.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St., Sheridan, with visitation scheduled from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Kirklin. Pastor Dick Pursiful and Pastor Karl Kercheval will be officiating.

Memorial contributions may be presented to the American Kidney Foundtion.

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