Ronald C. Kersten of Portage passed away Saturday, April 30,
2011. He was 72.
He was born on Sept. 16, 1938 in Porter. He was a resident of Portage for
the past 47 years and was formerly of Liberty Township. He retired from U.S.
Steel and was a member of Local 1066. After retirement, Ronald worked at
Chesterton Cemetery. He served his country in the U.S. Army and was also a
member of American Legion Post 260 and an Associate member of the Vietnam
He is survived by his wife of over 47 years, Kenita Kersten (nee Nelson) of
Portage; daughters Leanne M. Kersten of Valparaiso and Lynne E. Kersten of
Indianapolis; sister Susan Kersten of Valparaiso; good friend Nancy Spencer;
and beloved dog, Packer.
He was preceded in death by his birth parents, Charles and Ella Kersten, and
his parents, Charles and Ruth Snook.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, the Porter
County Animal Shelter or to the family.
Funeral services will be Saturday, May 7 at noon at Rees Funeral Home, Olson
Chapel, 5341 Central Ave., Portage with Rev. Frederick Hoover officiating.
Burial will follow at Chesterton Cemetery. Visitation is Saturday just prior
to the service from 10 a.m. to noon at Rees Funeral Home, Olson Chapel,
Portage. For more information, call 762-3013 or go online at