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Nolan Kellerman Kerschner, 89, of Norwalk, died peacefully at home on Monday October 8th.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Barbara, their four children, Steve Kerschner, Amy Jimenez, Andrew Kerschner and Sarah Wappler Balsley, their spouses, ten grandchildren and 1.5 great grandchildren.
Nolan was born in 1924 in Columbus, Ohio, and attended Ohio State University. He enlisted in the Army during the Second World War and attained the rank of lieutenant. After the war Nolan and Barbara moved to Connecticut and Nolan began work as a builder. He was the founder of Kerschner Construction, which expanded into The Kerschner Companies, a real estate development firm that built thousands of homes ranging from first-time residences for low-income families, to single family homes, and affordable to luxury condominiums
Nolan was an advocate of peace. He believed that a civil society should endeavor to improve not just its own citizens, but to help improve and care for the world at large. From 1956 onward, he raised his family in a small waterfront homeowners association in Norwalk, Connecticut called Village Creek, which was the first intentionally interracial community in Connecticut. He volunteered actively in the community for decades, and served as its president many times.
Memorial Services will be at the United Church of Rowayton on Monday, October 14th, 2013 at 10am, reception afterwards. The address is 210 Rowayton Ave., Rowayton, CT 06853, tel. 203-866-1415. Flowers may be sent there if desired. Orange was Nolan's favorite color and he hated dark drab colors, so please wear something colorful and lively as that is how his family will be honoring him.
Published in The Hour on Oct. 11, 2013