Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
January 8, 2014 11:03 am EST


GAMBIER — Thomas Michael Kerwood, 60, of Gambier, passed away early Monday morning after a long battle with cancer in order to continue his relationship with his savior Jesus Christ. As in any life there are many seasons and these times are sure to come. He was born to James E. and Eletha Jane (Stebbins) Peffers in Gallipolis on Feb. 28, 1953.

Mike leaves behind a family of whom he was truly proud.

He married Sally Stuntebeck in 1983. She became the love of his life and he always considered her to be a true gift from God. From her came two fine sons a man could be proud of, Samuel Eli and Benjamin Edward.

His mother, Jane; an older sister, Linda; and a younger brother, Patrick (Debra) also survive him.

He graduated from Fredericktown High School in 1971 and served in the U.S. Army from Aug. 17, 1971 to Aug. 16, 1973.

After kicking around for a few years, Mike found a place he called his “work-home” at Kenyon College in the Maintenance Department. He enjoyed his coworkers company and their humor. After 24 years of services, he retired and spent his time with family and working on building projects for his home church, Central Christian.

Mike enjoyed working with his hands, fixing and building things from wood, steel and ornamental iron. His work can be seen all over the Gambier and Mount Vernon areas.

His memorial service will be held Sunday, Jan. 12, at Central Christian Church at 3 p.m. Family will receive visitors two hours prior to services. The Dilley-Lasater Funeral Homes are handling the arrangements for the Kerwood family.

Memorial Contributions can be made to Hospice of Knox County or the Central Christian Church Building Fund.

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