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Joe C Kernke, Jr. (Joe Kernke)

Submitted by Sharlene Hammons

Joe C. Kernke, Jr. was born in 1944 to Joe Kernke, Sr. and Blanche Grethen in OKC. Joe attended Cascia Hall in Tulsa until 1962. He attended OU where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and graduated with a BBA in Finance in 1966. There he met his wife, Barbara Hammons of Seminole, and they married in 1965. Joe then attended Central State College and graduated with a BS in Funeral Service. He began working full time in 1965 for his family's business. Joe and Barbara have three children, Brian (wife, Melissa), Todd (wife, Sally), and Keri Kernke; and two granddaughters, Madison and Jordan Kernke. Along with his association at Smith & Kernke Funeral Directors, Joe is a strong volunteer and active member in numerous organizations in OKC.





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