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GERALD D. KERN
February 12, 1933 ~ December 23, 2012
"Above all, he was a humble servant who generously gave of his time uplifting, edifying, leading
and mentoring others to assist them in achieving
success in their lives. To all he was a friend."
Gerald D. Kern, 79, died Dec. 23, 2012 at his home in Vancouver, WA after a two-year battle with cancer. He was born Feb. 12, 1933 in Bonner, MT. Prior to settling in Vancouver in 1989, he lived many years in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Proud to be a United States Marine, he served in Korea during the Korean War alongside the legendary General Lewis "Chesty" Puller. Later he was stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA where among other duties, he received the opportunity to compete for a roster spot with the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL.
Following his military service, he spent over 50 years as an industrial systems designer as well as being an avid golfer, sailor, Niners fan, and chef.
With a creative sense of humor: which often brought laughs to all, he regaled young and old with captivating stories of growing up on a Montana ranch and sawmill towns all along the west coast.
A brother, a husband and a father,
he was dedicated to his family and he loved
his children and grandchildren.
Gerald is survived by his loving wife and caregiver, Judy Kern and her son, Gerry Sturges; son, Patrick Kern; daughters, Darice Johnson and Dana Kern; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his brother, 1LT Jack Kern, US Army Air Corps in 1951; and by his wife of 34 years, Geraldine Rita Kern in 1991.
Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to: Kaiser Permanente Hospice, 2701 NW Vaughn St. #140, Portland, OR 97210.
Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on Jan. 9, 2013