BRADENTON, FL - Valentine Kerhlikar, 94, of Bradenton, passed away peacefully at his home on December 8, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. He was born January 24, 1918 in Springfield, Illinois to Valentine and Rose Kerhlikar.
He graduated from Cathedral High School and Springfield Business College and he was a Veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
He began his distinguished 46 year career at German American Building and Loan in 1937 as a bookkeeper. In 1941 the building and loan name was changed to American Savings and Loan Association in Illinois. He worked his way through the ranks of the association and became its President/CEO and Chairman of the Board. Under his leadership it grew to over one billion dollars in assets. Along with his accomplishments at American Savings and Loan he was a member of the Examining Board for the State of Illinois Department of Financial Institutions. He also served for six years (1976 to 1982) on the Board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, 7th District. While serving on the board he chaired the Membership Services Committee, Housing Committee and Management Division Insurance Committee and many more. He was a Board Member for the State Savings and Loan Examiners Oral Review. He was an active member of St Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Bradenton heading the St. Vincent DePaul organization and was a member of St. Josephs Catholic Church. He was a 3rd and 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus and was Grand Knight of Council #.364 in Springfield, Illinois. He served for 5 years on the K of C scholarship committee and 20 years on the investment committee. He was President of Kerhlikar-Doyle-Aurelius Insurance Agency.
He was a board Member of Astro Publishing Co., publishers for "Springfield Sun" newspaper. Past member of the Copley First Citizens award board. Also a member of Springfield Association of Commerce and Industry and the Elks Club, he was an accomplished pilot.
Val is survived by his wife of 66 years, Julia and his daughter, Nancy K. Martin, her fiancée Steve Foster, grandson Jon A. Grosboll (Melissa) and great granddaughter, Danielle T. Grosboll and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial Mass will be 1:30 P.M. Friday December 14, 2012 at St. Joseph Catholic Church 3100 26th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34205.
Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 26th Street Chapel, 5624 26th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34207 in charge.