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Louis A. Kershbaumer

Hazleton, Pennsylvania

December 15, 1931 - April 8, 2024

Louis A. Kershbaumer Obituary

Louis A. Kershbaumer, 92, passed away Monday April 8, 2024, at Providence Place, Drums, PA.


Lou was born and raised in Hazleton, PA on December 15, 1931, to the late Peter A. and Rosalie Kershbaumer. After living the majority of his life in Des Moines, Iowa, Lou was able to return home to Hazleton to live out the rest of his life.


Lou had many family members in the Hazleton area who visited with Lou daily.


In addition to his parents, Louis was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary; and his second wife, Doreen, of 33 years; his two brothers Peter A. Kershbaumer Jr. (Mary) and Virgil Kershbaumer; and his sister Sr. Rose M. Kershbaumer MMS.


Lou is survived by step children and step grandchildren from his two marriages. His brother Peter’s six sons and their wives; his six great nephews and nieces; his six great-great nephews; his great-great niece; his two first cousins Angie Lapinsky and Madelyn Yanuzzi and their children; and many dear friends.


Out of high school Lou started in the wedding photography business in the Hazleton area. Lou then enlisted in the United States Navy and served during the Korean War aboard the USS Wright (CVL-49). Upon his return to civilian life, Lou’s brother, Pete, introduced Lou to the vending machine sales industry back in Pennsylvania.


Lou’s passion for the vending business started in 1960. Lou moved to Des Moines in 1966 to work for The Wittern Group until his retirement in 1994. Lou was still active selling vending machines up to the time of his death in 2024. Lou hired and trained thousands of independent distributors to sell vending machines coast-to-coast in his career.


Lou was an avid airplane enthusiast. He earned his pilot license and owned his own plane. Lou loved to travel the world, taking trips to Austria, (his parents' birthplace), Hawaii, Bermuda and much of the United States to name just a few of the places.


Lou was a caring and generous person to everyone he came in contact with. Lou always remembered people; he would send birthday and holiday greetings to all.


The family of Lou will be having a casual luncheon memorial remembrance gathering in Des Moines, Iowa on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at Lou’s home that he took much pride in, at 3605 Indianola Avenue, Des Moines, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


There will also be a memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Lou in his hometown at Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church, 87 South Hunter Highway, Drums, PA 18222, on May 3, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. Inurnment will follow immediately in Calvary Cemetery, 49 South Hunter Highway, Drums, PA 18222.


All funeral arrangements are being handled by John J. Pusti Funeral Home, Inc., 480 West Broad Street, Hazleton, PA 18201.


Lou is gone, but will never be forgotten.


Donations in honor of Louis Kershbaumer can be made to:


Medical Mission Sisters

8400 Pine Road

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19111

Telephone: (215) 742-6100

Contact Sister Pat Lowery


The Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc.

5452 NE 22nd Street

Des Moines, IA 50313

Telephone: (515) 262-9503

arl@arl-iowa.org

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Louis A. Kershbaumer hosted by John J Pusti Funeral Home Inc.

Louis A. Kershbaumer, 92, passed away Monday April 8, 2024, at Providence Place, Drums, PA.


Lou was born and raised in Hazleton, PA on December 15, 1931, to the late Peter A. and Rosalie Kershbaumer. After living the majority of his life in Des Moines, Iowa, Lou was able to return home to Hazleton to live out the rest of his life.


Lou had many family members in the Hazleton area who visited with Lou daily.


In addition to his parents, Louis was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary; and his second wife, Doreen, of 33 years; his two brothers Peter A. Kershbaumer Jr. (Mary) and Virgil Kershbaumer; and his sister Sr. Rose M. Kershbaumer MMS.


Lou is survived by step children and step grandchildren from his two marriages. His brother Peter’s six sons and their wives; his six great nephews and nieces; his six great-great nephews; his great-great niece; his two first cousins Angie Lapinsky and Madelyn Yanuzzi and their children; and many dear friends.


Out of high school Lou started in the wedding photography business in the Hazleton area. Lou then enlisted in the United States Navy and served during the Korean War aboard the USS Wright (CVL-49). Upon his return to civilian life, Lou’s brother, Pete, introduced Lou to the vending machine sales industry back in Pennsylvania.


Lou’s passion for the vending business started in 1960. Lou moved to Des Moines in 1966 to work for The Wittern Group until his retirement in 1994. Lou was still active selling vending machines up to the time of his death in 2024. Lou hired and trained thousands of independent distributors to sell vending machines coast-to-coast in his career.


Lou was an avid airplane enthusiast. He earned his pilot license and owned his own plane. Lou loved to travel the world, taking trips to Austria, (his parents' birthplace), Hawaii, Bermuda and much of the United States to name just a few of the places.


Lou was a caring and generous person to everyone he came in contact with. Lou always remembered people; he would send birthday and holiday greetings to all.


The family of Lou will be having a casual luncheon memorial remembrance gathering in Des Moines, Iowa on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at Lou’s home that he took much pride in, at 3605 Indianola Avenue, Des Moines, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


There will also be a memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Lou in his hometown at Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church, 87 South Hunter Highway, Drums, PA 18222, on May 3, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. Inurnment will follow immediately in Calvary Cemetery, 49 South Hunter Highway, Drums, PA 18222.


All funeral arrangements are being handled by John J. Pusti Funeral Home, Inc., 480 West Broad Street, Hazleton, PA 18201.


Lou is gone, but will never be forgotten.


Donations in honor of Louis Kershbaumer can be made to:


Medical Mission Sisters

8400 Pine Road

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19111

Telephone: (215) 742-6100

Contact Sister Pat Lowery


The Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Inc.

5452 NE 22nd Street

Des Moines, IA 50313

Telephone: (515) 262-9503

arl@arl-iowa.org

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Louis A. Kershbaumer hosted by John J Pusti Funeral Home Inc.

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