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Burl Kerens, 89, of Holly Hill, Florida, passed away on Wednesday evening, September 18, 2013. He was born June 10, 1924 in Elkins, West Virginia. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 10:00 a.m. at Volusia Memorial Park, 550 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach. Burl was a loving and devoted husband and father. He loved life and appreciated all its blessings. He retired as a contractor with Tomoka Land Company in 1986. He was a carpenter by trade and one of his hobbies was building furniture and other gifts out of wood. He also played mandolin, preferring Blue Grass music and he built his own mandolin. When he moved to Holly Hill, Florida with his wife and infant daughters, there was no fire department. Burl was instrumental in organizing a volunteer department. He served there 28 years and as Chief for 18 years, 1961 1979. Before retiring from the Department, he helped to create the full-time professional department. Burl served in the United States Navy from December 15, 1942 to February 6, 1946. He joined when he was seventeen years old and during World War II, he served in the South Pacific, receiving an honorable discharge February 1946. Burl was preceded in death by his Father, Martin Kerens; and his Mother Rachel Triplett Kerens; along with two sisters; and three brothers. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Velma Kathleen Kerens; brother, Jack Kerens, Seattle, WA; daughters Patricia Gosney (Cliff), Tallahassee and Rachel DeFilippo (Bob) Port Orange; and granddaughter, Sondra Gosney. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews with whom he stayed in contact. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to Volusia-Flagler Hospice and the
. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.volusiamemorialfunerals.com.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Sept. 22, 2013