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Edwin Martin Berner Sr.

December 14, 1927 August 25, 2017
Edwin  Martin Berner Sr.
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Edwin Martin Berner Sr. 89, of LaGrange passed away Friday August 25, 2017 after a brief illness. He was born December 14, 1927 in Henrietta Twp., and lived all his life in LaGrange where he and his father built the home that he and wife; Olive raised their four children. Ed served in the U.S. Army's 1st Calvary Division as a Lieutenant during The Korean War. He was very proud of his service; for he always donned his Korean War Veterans cap. Ed was a member of V.F. W. Post #1079. He and his older brother Carl enjoyed piloting the airplane they had together. He very much loved riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle with side car alongside his wife; they rode in many Poker Runs together. Ed also enjoyed displaying his many Corvettes at local car shows. For a period of his life he enjoyed raising twenty seven miniature ponies, and showed them with his grandchildren at local parades. A highlight of his life was attending The Keystone Girls Softball games and sports his grandchildren were involved in. Ed worked at Elyria Foundry, and twenty four and a half years at Harshaw Chemical, during that time he built his "Chef Berner's Famous French Fries" and "Chef Berner Jr's Sauerkraut Balls" trailers which the family operated at various county fairs and festivals for over thirty two years. Ed retired from Ford Motor Company after twenty four and a half years. He is survived by three daughters; Constance Ransom (Edward) of New York, Lucinda Kessinger (Steven) of Avon Lake, Tamara Kessinger (Michael) of LaGrange. Additional survivors include his grandchildren; Tiffany and Tyler Berner, Eric and Taylor Kessinger, Jacquelyn Woodman (Nick), Angelo Corna, his sisters; Wilma Ruder (Fred Sr.) of North Ridgeville, Dolores Krusz (John) of Elyria, and a brother; LeRoy (Mary) of North Carolina, and many nieces and nephews. Ed was preceded in death by his wife; Olive (nee: Rider), a son; Edwin M. Berner Jr. (Beverly), brother; William Joy (Mary), Carl Berner Jr. (Faye), sister; Bernice Smith (Al). The family will receive friends 4-7 PM Wednesday August 30, 2017 at The Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Services 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd, (at State Rt. 57) Elyria (440)322-4626 where a Celebration of Ed's life will be held at 7:00 PM Wednesday immediately following visitation in the funeral home. V.F.W. Post #1079 will provide full military honors at the funeral home. Burial will be private at Greenwood Cemetery in Wellington. Online condolences to the family may be expressed at

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