Craig "Butch" C. Kerlin

Born: Sat., Aug. 17, 1946
Died: Sun., Dec. 23, 2018


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Private Cremation


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     Craig C. “Butch” Kerlin, 72, of Spruce Hill, passed away Sunday, Dec. 23 2018, at 3:30 PM in his home, surrounded by his family, following a selfless and courageous battle with cancer.

     He was born Aug. 17, 1946, in Spruce Hill Township, Juniata County. He was the son of the late Donald H. Kerlin and Mildred B. (Titzell) Kerlin. On Aug. 21, 1966 he married his surviving wife, Judith A. (McNaight) Kerlin, with whom he shared more than 52 years of marriage.

     In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Pastor Daniel C. Kerlin and his wife Nichole; his precious grandchildren, Makenzee L. Kerlin and Clinton C. Kerlin; one sister, Marian Burd; one sister-in-law, Vicki Kerlin; one brother-in-law, Harry Erhard; and several nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by one sister Barbara Erhard; one brother Harold “Pete” Kerlin; and one brother-in-law Paul Burd.

     Craig was a 1963 graduate of Juniata Joint High School. After skipping the fourth grade and graduating at 16, he began working on his family farm. Craig then worked for various crews constructing houses, worked for his father building pole sheds, and eventually took over his father’s business building pole sheds for Agway. Eventually he started a 25 plus year career working as a manager for Rickenbaugh Building Supply, from which he retired in 2013.

     He enjoyed hunting, fishing, mowing grass, working in his wood shop, watching the cows, and spending time with his grandchildren. Craig was an active member of Matamoras United Methodist Church.

     A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations would be made in Craig’s name to the Matamoras United Methodist Church, 105 Fifth Street, PO Box 396, Port Royal, PA 17082.

     Guss Funeral Home, Inc., 20 S. Third Street, Mifflintown has care of the arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.gussfh.com.  

Charitable donations may be made in Craig "Butch"'s memory to the following organization:

Matamoras United Methodist Chuch
105 Fifth Street, PO Box 396, Port Royal, PA 17082

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Joann Cooper
   Posted Mon December 24, 2018
. . .memory nourishes the heart, and grief abates. Marcel Proust

In my memory I can live with my loved one again, and be glad.

Pastor Dan, Sending you and your family love, hugs & prayers. Love ya, Jo Cooper

Joyce A Krow
   Posted Mon December 24, 2018
So sorry for your loss. May God comfort you in this difficult time.

Tena Kauffman
   Posted Mon December 24, 2018
My heart aches for you, Judy, Dan and family. Craig was such a faithful husband, father, and friend, but most importantly, a faithful follower of God. Knowing that he is in the loving arms of Jesus right now brings tears of joy. But his absence here on earth gives us so much pain. My prayer for you is that God will comfort you, give you peace, and fill you with His love until you and Craig are reunited in Heaven one day.

Nellie Landis Sorensen
   Posted Mon December 24, 2018
RIP cuz Butch. Spent many wonderful fun filled times with Butch and his entire family. Prayers for the Kerlin family and may you find Peace in knowing his suffering is over and he is with his Maker. God Bless.

Don & Thelma Bollinger
   Posted Mon December 24, 2018
So sorry for your loss. I'm so glad we got a chance to talk to you before he died. May God comfort you and your family in your time of need and this time of the year. He will be greatly missed at church as he seemed to always have a smile and was always pleasant to talk with him.

RONALD, YVONNE AND SKYANN
   Posted Wed December 26, 2018
Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to you and the family. Craig was a good friend and will be missed.

Alton D Phillips
   Posted Wed December 26, 2018
My sincere sympathy to the family and may God bless you in this time of sorrow.

dottie heck
   Posted Thu December 27, 2018
Dan & family, sorry for your lost, and sorry I only met him a few times but I had no idea he was ill again, may he rest in peace and you all know his suffering is over, God Bless

Dave and Mary Titzell
   Posted Thu December 27, 2018
We were so sorry to hear about your loss. The last time we saw Butch was at
Pete's viewing. We knew he was battling cancer and he told me he was doing well. We were at the Titzell reunion in September and
I asked about Butch, but no one said he was sick.
We are saddened but we can rejoice with you
that he's home with our Lord and no longer in pain. One day we will have a reunion when we reunite in Heaven.

Janice Brown
   Posted Wed January 16, 2019
My deepest sympathy, to Mr. Ker;in family and friends. Death cause much pain, the pain that the" Bible compare to having a long sword run through you" Luke 2:35. May you find comfort from Almighty God who gives comfort to all (2 Corinthians 1-3-4)