Thomas E. Kernan D.D.S.

June 17, 1933March 25, 2013

KERNAN, Thomas E., D.D.S., age 79 of Kettering, passed away Monday, March 25, 2013. Thomas was born on June 17, 1933 in Dayton to late John E. and Catherine Duffy Kernan. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jody Deffet. He is survived by his daughter, Kathryn Cowan and her husband Paul of Miami FL; his son, Thomas E. “Todd” Kernan II of Kettering; nine grandchildren, J.T., Kelly, Kara & Kristen Nettleton, Brenna & Drew Kernan, and Brian, Kevin & Alex Cowan; his sisters, Rita Hickey of Beavercreek and Patricia Davidson of Ft. Worth TX; his brother, John E. Kernan Jr. of Springboro; and 27 beloved nieces and nephews. Thomas was a 1950 graduate of Chaminade High School, the University of Dayton and received his D.D.S. from Georgetown University, Washington D.C. Thomas also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 218 K St., Dayton OH 45409. Private burial Calvary Cemetery. A reception will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Dayton Marriott Hotel, 1414 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton OH 45409. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent DePaul, 22 Notre Dame Ave. Dayton OH 45404. Arrangements in care of TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME - FAR HILLS CHAPEL Condolences may be made to


  • Memorial Mass of Chriatian Burial Wednesday, March 27, 2013
  • Reception Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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Gail Crain

May 5, 2013

I just found out today about the passing of Dr. heart is broken. He was the best and will be truly deepest sympathy to the Kernan family.

William Dice

April 28, 2013

I am saddened to hear of Doc Kernan's passing. He was very kind to me. A caring & generous man who served his community & profession well for many years.

April 26, 2013

We only new your Father for A year or two. Meet him at the Hickory on Brown Street. My husband and I would have a drink at the bar while waiting for a booth. Seems like I would always get the seat next to Doc. Little by little I got to know him better. He would alway have interesting stores about Dayton. And of how he would help a person who was in need of his services. But what stands out is on this last Valentines Day I gave him a card, which he Thanked me for that day. The next week sitting at the bar he said , you know that was the only card I received and I am keeping it. We left for Fl and stayed the month or March. So it was so sad to hear of Doc's passing. He was a joy to be around. We will miss him. Joan and Richard Taylor. Fairborn, Oh

Barbara Blackburn

April 22, 2013

Just found out about your passing today. I have been a patient of Dr.Toms every since I was a little girl. You are loved and will be missed very much. Dr Tom was the best dentist in the whole world he always made me feel at home and comfortable when I came into his office. Sincerely Barbara

April 20, 2013

Dear Family of Dr. Tom,
My husband John was a Dayton Firefighter and Tom was so dedicated not only to his profession as a wonderful dentist but had an allegiance to the Firefighters of Dayton, OH. Our whole family was taken care of by Tom through their growing up years and he will always be remembered in our thoughts and prayers as will his family. His extended family of patients and friends will never forget him. Our sympathy to Tom's family and may God's Peace, Joy and Love be with Tom forever. John and Jean Schons

Edgar P. Graef

April 3, 2013

I only learned of Dr. Tom,s passing today when I called into the office to make an appointment. I wish I'd found out sooner as I would have liked to pay my respects in person. He has been my dentist for more than 50 years and can never be replaced as they don't make them like him any more...He was one of a kind and will be missed by all who have had the previlege of knowing him. My heart and prayers go out to all of his family and staff I send my deepest condolence for your loss. Thank you Dr. Tom for all your years of kindness and service on my behalf.

Kathy Cowan

April 3, 2013

We would like to thank all of you for your kind words and thoughts about our Dad. He was a great Dad, and we will miss him very much.

We want you to know that each and every one of you meant as much to him as he did to you. He loved to hear and tell stories about all of his relatives, his friends, our friends, his friends at the Old Hickory, his staff and his patients. He remembered everything about all of you.

We will miss him, and hope that if you do or receive an act of kindness, you will do it in his memory.

Kathy Kernan Cowan and Todd Kernan

Tammy Arndts

April 2, 2013

To the Family Of Dr.Kernan.Im truly sorry about your loss.There will never be another dentist that humms a tune or whistles while he works on your teeth .I will miss his wonderful beside manners .My Sympothy to the Family...Tammy s.Arndts

Ann Anderson

April 1, 2013

Brian Klepacz

March 31, 2013

All of my eight brothers and sisters, Mom and Dad... went to Dr. Kernan. He was the best. We will miss him. God Bless!