December 31, 2013 | 08:37 AM
Marvin E. Kersey, a longtime educator and former school board member at Lanesville, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at his home. He was 84.
"I remember him as a tireless advocate for all kids," Donald J. Hussung said.
Marvin E. Kersey (click for larger version)
Hussung recalled having Kersey as a teacher at Lanesville Junior-Senior High School and as his guidance counselor. Kersey also was class sponsor when Hussung was a freshman.
"He believed everyone had a right to learn, whether your path was college or technical," Hussung said. "He was always encouraging kids to do their best and to keep trying.
"He was of strong moral character and a person you could rely on and trust," he said. "He could be very stern but was always fair. He had the ability to earn and keep the respect of all his students, peers and friends."
Kersey, who was born in Greencastle, later resigned from Lanesville schools to accept a student personnel coordinator position at Charles A. Prosser School of Technology in New Albany.
But that didn't end his relationship with Lanesville schools. He was appointed in 1989 as one of five members to the first school board at Lanesville and was instrumental in helping the small school gain approval from the state to become a corporation and to improve its school campus from one building that housed grades 1 through 12 to a separate elementary building and another for junior-senior high students.
"(Kersey) believed in the potential of small schools and worked as hard as anyone to bring about the transformation of Lanesville from a trustee operated school to that of a reorganized school corporation," said Hussung, adding that he had the "privilege" of serving with Kersey on both the interim and elected school board. "He helped lay the ground work for what we are and what we still hope to be. He was the consummate teacher and will be missed.
"If Lanesville had a Mount Rushmore of educators, Marvin Kersey would be right up there with Carl Uesseler," Lanesville's late principal and school superintendent.
Kersey's funeral was yesterday (Tuesday) at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Corydon.