Gary Bruce Kersey

September 17, 2017

Gary Bruce Kersey, 74, of Frankfort, Ind., passed away at 2:08 p.m. on September 17, 2017 at Witham Hospital, Lebanon, Ind.  Gary was born on September 28, 1942 in Greencastle, Ind., to the late Lee Maurice and Nell Grace (White) Kersey. Gary married Janice D. Gibbs in Terre Haute, Ind. in 1962 and they were married for 55 years. He was a 1960 graduate of Greencastle High School and a 1964 graduate of Indiana State University where he received his BS and MS degree.  He then received his Administrative degree from Indiana University.  Gary was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity at Indiana State.  He was also a member of the Clinton Masonic Lodge, Frankfort Symposiarchs, Moose Lodge and the St. Matthew United Methodist Church, all in Frankfort. Gary taught at Merrillville, Ind., from 1964-1966, then moved to Frankfort where he taught until 1998.  He was a track, cross county, and basketball coach for Frankfort Junior High and Frankfort High School during his tenure of 32 years.  He owned and operated K & P Painting business for over 44 years. After his retirement, he and Jan wintered in Fort Myers, Fla., where he enjoyed golfing and being with friends.

Visitation and Services

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be 1 p.m., September 28, 2017 at St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 1951 Wilshire Dr., Frankfort. Pastor Phil Lake will officiate. Visitation with family will follow the memorial service until 5 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Frankfort Education Foundation to provide scholarships in Gary’s name.

Survived by:

Wife: Janice D. Kersey of Frankfort, Daughter: Kelli S. (husband: Brian) Heimbach of Frankfort, Son: Dr. Patrick (wife: Dr. Jennifer) Kersey of Indianapolis, 6 Grandchildren: Carmen E. (husband David) Cannon of Carmel, Braxton P. Heimbach of Denver, CO., Lily M., John Henry, Charles Patrick and Lucy C. Kersey all of Indianapolis, 1 Great Grandson: Andrew George Cannon, Sister in Law: Jane Johnson of Lebanon, Ind.

Preceded by:

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ross A. Kersey and his in-laws, Robert & Margaret Gibbs.


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34 Condolences for “Gary Bruce Kersey”

  1. Butch & Eileen Huffer September 19, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Gary left his mark on many people and he will be missed. Our prayers are with you.

  2. Larry and Phyllis Hughes September 19, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Rest in peace our friend and fellow teacher and painter. Jan and family, so sorry, he will be sadly missed by all.

  3. Jenny (Fuel) Smith September 19, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Patrick, I am so sorry to hear of your dads passing. I had just spoken to him last month. He was a very nice and a well liked teacher and a great man. Please accept my condolences.

  4. Dr. Richard Corea September 19, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    We’re going to miss Gary an awful lot. Lots of memories of “The Kers”. Our sympathy and prayers go out to Jan, and Gary’s entire family.

  5. Clark Slipher September 19, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    I am saddened to hear of Mr. Kersey’s passing. He was a teacher of mine at Frankfort Junior High and Frankfort High during the 1970’s. I remember him as a fun (and good) teacher and a kind man. I know he will be dearly missed by his family and friends, but please find comfort in knowing that he had a positive and lasting impact on many students like me.

  6. Brad & Sue Stockberger September 19, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Very sorry for your loss, so hated hearing this. Such a nice man…

  7. Pete Clossin September 19, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Mrs. Kersey, Kelli and Pat,

    Sending my prayers and condolances to you all. I’m so sorry and will pray for you all and the extended family. I know he’ll be very missed by many. The good ones always are.

    God Bless and my condolences.

  8. Jane Werner September 19, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    I am sorry to hear of Mr. Kersey’s passing. He was my science teacher and I always enjoyed being in his class. I just talked to him about 2 months ago at Witham Cancer Center. He will be missed by many. My Prayers and condolences go out to the family.

  9. Erilda & Ron Coleman September 19, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Dear Kersey Family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. He left a lasting impression in his community and teaching career. Know he will be missed by his family. Please accept our deepest sympathies and our prayers for strength and comfort. God Bless. Ron & Erilda

  10. Rick and Melanie Stone September 19, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Your in our thoughts and prayers. He left a wonderful legacy in his family. God bless.
    With our condolences,
    Rick and Melanie Stone

  11. Sam Knight September 19, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Coach Kers was a great guy, with a combination of a dry sense of humor and an easy going “ness”. Both as a coach when I was in High School to seeing him over the next 25 (or so) years he was a great guy to be around.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Jan, Kelly, and Pat.

    Sam and Trish Knight

  12. Deborrah Burgess September 19, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Hi Mrs. Kersey, This is Deborrah Burgess, I used to be the waitress at Fairfield Glade and Vegas Steakhouse. I hate this, but you are in my thoughts and prayers. R.I.P. GARY !!

  13. Charles and Sue Fink September 19, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Jan ,Kelli And Pat
    We send our prayers to your family as you have lost a really great guy.

  14. Cindy Clark September 20, 2017 at 1:41 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss .. I will be praying for you and your family

  15. Brandi Wallace September 20, 2017 at 8:00 am

    My deepest condolences and lots of prayers for the family. I had Mr. Kersey as my Biology teacher in high school. He was one of the best teachers I ever had. May he rest in peace.

  16. Kit & Susan Wright September 20, 2017 at 9:14 am

    It’s been awhile but, we always enjoyed the weekends we spent with Gary and the gang on racing trips. We had lots of good times and laughs. Will keep your family in our thoughts.

  17. Michelle (Dickenson) Anderson September 20, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Prayers and condolences for your entire family.

  18. Lanna Pugsley September 20, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Jan, Kelli, and Pat,
    My deepest condolences to your family on your loss. Gary was a wonderful man. Prayers for strength through this tough time.

  19. Heather Sanders September 20, 2017 at 11:11 am

    So sorry to hear this. I’ll miss talking with Gary. Thinking of his family.

  20. Adam Kirby September 20, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    I never had the pleasure to have Kersey as a teacher but did paint with him one summer. We kept very busy that summer…he was always so kind and smiling, especially when telling one of his stories (I remember laughing often)! May his family find comfort in all their memories they have. So sorry for your loss. RIP Kersey

  21. William Davey September 20, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Memories! Sorry to hear about your loss. My condolences to you and your family.

  22. Shane Ewing and Family September 20, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    I had Mr. Kersey as a teacher in high school. He cared greatly about all his students and was a great teacher. R.I.P Gary.

  23. Shellie Dexter (Bates) September 20, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Deepest sympathy to you and your family

  24. Jim Limp September 20, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    I have known Gary for many years dating back to his early days of coaching cross country, track, and basketball at Frankfort High School. Gary always conducted himself in a first class manner. He not only had a great relationship with his own athletes, but he also showed a great respect for the team and athletes he was competing against. Gary will be remembered as a warm and good person. His family has our sympathy.

    Mary Jane and Jim Limp

  25. Susan E. Davis September 22, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Kersey Family,

    I worked with Gary for many years at the high school. He was a good teacher and coach. He really cared about the students and the boys who played for him. I’m sorry for your loss.

  26. Shirley Ricker September 22, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Jan and family, sorry to hear about Gary. You have my deepest sympathy. Dave enjoyed having breakfast with him recently when he was in Frankfort.

  27. Janice Jacoby September 22, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Gary’s family, I was saddened to learn of his passing. He was always a good guy to work with. My thoughts are with his family.
    Janice Jacoby

  28. Donna Johnson September 23, 2017 at 10:39 am

    I’m so sorry to learn of Mr. Kersey’s passing. I remember him as a quiet and patient educator and enthusiastic basketball coach when I was at FSHS. My condolences to Pat and family during this difficult time-may you find peace and comfort knowing your dad was well-liked by his peers and former students and held in high regard. RIP Coach!

  29. David W. Lander September 25, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Jan, Pat, Kelly and all the Kersey family. Gary has been a great friend for all the years he lived in Florida. We played many rounds of golf together and had many great times. Life won’t be the same without him coming over for a drink and a story. My deepest sympathy to the family. He will be missed by his many Florida friends!

  30. Aunt Kathy ( D’Amato ) and family September 26, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Pat, Jen, and the entire Kersey family, We are so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. Memories and happy thoughts will get you through this difficult time.

  31. Scott Miller September 26, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    To so many of us, Kers was a coach, a teacher, a mentor, a man we trusted, and, at all times, a great friend. We will miss everything about this man who meant so much to so many. I am honored to have had Gary Kersey and his family play such a big role in my life. No one was ever as much fun to be around. Great guy!

  32. Jon & Phyllis Gallipo September 27, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Jan & Family: Have lots of great memories of Gary and know he will be missed greatly by everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

  33. Sam & Joyce Emmert September 27, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Jan and family, We are so sorry to learn about Gary. Sam so enjoyed his friendship and golfing days. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  34. Arnie Brames September 29, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Grieving for Jan and family. Carol and I always loved spending time with Gary and Jan. Gary’s stories were always entertaining. His stories were fun and hilarious to hear and enjoy. We have lost a great human being.

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