GRANVILLE, Ohio — Thomas W. Kerstetter, 83, Granville, Ohio, died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.

He was born in Danville, Dec.15, 1937, a son of the late Alvin F. and Irene Kerstetter.

Thomas was a 1955 graduate of Trevorton High School.

He served his country and joined the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed at the Itazuke Air Force Base in Fukuoka, Japan, where he met his beloved wife, Kimiko. On May 28, 1958, the couple married and moved back to the U.S. where he was stationed at Shaw Air Force Base, in Sumter, South Carolina. Thomas then worked at the Newark Air Force Station and later transferred to DCSC in Columbus as a computer programmer.

Before moving to Granville, while living in the Pickerington area, Thomas and his wife were active members at Peace United Methodist Church.

Thomas was an outdoorsman. He loved to deer hunt and fish and was especially proud of his 30-pound trophy salmon. He enjoyed hiking, visiting national parks and traveling.

After his retirement, Thomas began the hobby of woodcarving. Those closest to him have treasured memories carved one piece at a time with great love.

He was a kind and gentle man who will be dearly missed by those who cared for him.

Thomas is survived by his wife of 63 years, Kimiko (Yoshioka) Kerstetter; two daughters, Cindy Hager and Linda (Bruce) Carlton; four grandchildren, Audrey (Desiree) Waters, Lori Hager, Thomas (Melissa Keaney) Carlton and Nicole (Michael) Borger; two great-grandsons; a brother, Charles Kerstetter; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Thomas is preceded in death by his brother, Robert Kerstetter.

KERSTETTER — Thomas W. Kerstetter, 83, Granville, Ohio. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations are to be sent to Hospice of Central Ohio or Ohio Living Home Health and Hospice. www.hendersonvanatta.com.

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