Michael Kernan


Michael Richard Kernan, 78, of Princeton, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, at Genesis Medical Center-East Campus, Davenport.

A time of remembrance will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, at Boll’s Community Center in Princeton. Inurnment will take place at a later date at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Ill. Cremation rites have been accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

Michael was born April 14, 1943, in Davenport, Iowa, the son of Paul and Dorothy (Keefe) Kernan. He married Suellen French in March of 1972 in Bettendorf, Iowa. She preceded him in death on March 13, 2013.

He attended St. Ambrose University, where he received a degree in business. He spent four years of his life in the Air Force during the Vietnam era, serving in Europe and around the Mediterranean Sea. He served 20 years on the Princeton City Council and five years on the city board of adjustment. He was past president of the Mississippi Valley Restaurant Association; past board member of the Iowa Restaurant Association; past president of Princeton Days and grand marshal in 2011 with his wife, Sue; past board member of the Bettendorf Chamber of Commerce; and member of the American Legion Buffalo Bill Post #347.

Michael worked at the family business, the El Rancho Villa Restaurant in Bettendorf, and later owned Kernan’s Riverview Restaurant in Princeton with Suellen and family.

He enjoyed playing golf, and in his early years, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his children and their spouses: Kevin (Jennifer) Kernan of Princeton, Sean Kernan of Kewanee, Ill., and Amy Kernan of Princeton; stepchildren Chuck (Diane) Seitz of Princeton andTami Seitz (Steve Judge) of LeClaire, Iowa; his granddaughter, Maisey “Fuzzy” Kernan; four step-grandchildren; sisters Colleen (Rod) Morthland of Princeton, and Patty (Rudy) Morgan of Princeton.

In addition to his wife, Suellen, he was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and two brothers.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www. McGinnis-Chambers.com

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