Paul Eugene Kerns, 92, of Washington, WV, passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, in Belpre, OH.

He was born April 18, 1930, in Sandyville, WV, a son of the late Wade Hampton Kerns and Faust Josephine Casto Kerns.  He was a 1947 graduate of Ripley High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  He worked at Kaiser Aluminum for over 35 years as a machine operator, and was a retired member of United Steel Workers of America Local Union #5668.  He enjoyed gardening and spending time with family.  He was also a member of Lubeck Community Baptist Church and American Legion Post #15.

Surviving are a daughter, Amanda Miller; stepdaughter, Pamela Brooks; son, Randy Kerns; stepson, James Riggs (Deanna); sister, Lora Waskey; five brothers, Dale F. Kerns (Marilyn), Creel E. Kerns (Betty), David Keith Kerns (Margaret), Richard A. Kerns (Donna) and Roy L. Kerns (Jan); several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, including special nieces and nephew, Terry Middleton, and Tammy and Kevin Nutter.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were his loving wife, Bonnie M. Kerns; daughter, Paula Jean Self; grandson, Jay Parker; three sisters, Linda L. Clinton, Louise Longanacre and Erma Jane Myers; and two sons, Richard Allen and David Paul Kerns.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 25, 11 a.m., at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg, with Pastor Mark Houser officiating.  Burial will follow at Evergreen South Cemetery with full military honors conducted by American Legion Post #15 of Parkersburg.