Lindsey Funeral Homes

473 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA


Woody’s life will be celebrated by family members and close friends privately.

Derwood "Woody" Beryl Kerlin

April 4, 1927June 22, 2020

Derwood “Woody” Beryl Kerlin of Harrisonburg, VA passed away on Monday, June 22, 2020.

He was born on April 4, 1927, near Mt. Jackson, VA to the late Russell and Celia Kerlin. He joined the U. S. Merchant Marines in 1944, and retired from the Merchant Marines in 1984. He was in the war zones in World War II, as well as the Korean War. He lived in Alabama for 28 years, as well as Texas, before moving back to Harrisonburg, VA. After moving to Harrisonburg, he lived with and cared for his cousin, Anna W. Johnston.

He was predeceased by this twin Brother, Deryl Kerlin, brother, Russell Kerlin and sister, Janice Kerlin and her twin sister, Bernice Tusing.

Derwood is survived by nephews, David M. Kerlin, Joseph R. Kerlin and Jeffrey Kerlin; nieces, Susan Kerlin Polk and Dianne Kerlin Bergin; and a cousin, Anna W. Johnston.

Woody gave so much and was loved by so many, including special friends the May family. Woody’s life will be celebrated by family members and close friends privately.

Lindsey Funeral Homes in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be left by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.


  • Woody’s life will be celebrated by family members and close friends privately.


Derwood "Woody" Beryl Kerlin

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Ethan Holland

June 30, 2020

I will miss you, you and Ann were always there for us when we were growing up! Thank you for all the lessons you taught us when the Holland boys were growing up and being an awesome to us!

Sandra Burner-Cave

June 26, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time.
Sending our heartfelt condolences,

The Kindred Hospice team

Deb Crank

June 25, 2020

Derwood and I knew each other from his days working for Sentara RMH. He was very serious yet he could always make me laugh. Prayers for the family and his friends during this time.

Kristie Payne

June 24, 2020

Derwood was a good man. He helped my granddad (who happened to be his brother Russell’s brother in law) out by mowing his lawn when he no longer could. When I told him how much our family appreciated him, he said he was glad to do it. He told me when he was away from home people had helped his parents. So he wanted to reciprocate.
His was a life well lived. May he Rest In Peace.

Ted Peterson

June 24, 2020

I was so sorry to hear of Woody's passing. I was so fortunate to have known him. We would visit at the nursing home and tell each other sea stories. Woody loved the Sea and adventure, but most of all he loved his family. He always reminisced of his Mother and Father, his sisters, and his brothers. Woody also had a soft spot for animals and told me many dog stories. I have missed our visits since this Covid virous kept me from being able to see him. I will always fondly remember Woody as a Seaman, gentle man, and friend.
In deepest sympathy to the Kerlin Family,
Ted Peterson

Wayne Chittum

June 24, 2020

I worked on the door at Costco for 15 years and met thousands of people and there was no one I enjoyed seeing coming more than Woody. He would entertain me with his stories of his Merchant Marine service and he always had something to bet on, unfortunately for me he usually won. It really was my pleasure to know him and I will miss the opportunity to be exposed to his wisdom. Loved being around him.