George R. Kern Sr.

January 04, 1927 ‒ August 13, 2018

Waldo, Ohio

George R. Kern Sr., 91, of Waldo, Ohio, departed life, surrounded by his family, on Monday, August 13, 2018.

He was born on January 4, 1927, the son of the late Albert & Mae (Lehner) Kern .

George left high school when he was in the 10th grade and enlisted in the United States Navy. He served proudly during WWII. George returned home and worked for Armco Steel as a crane operator, and retired after 30 years of service.

George was the loving father of Mary Gross, George R. (Kim) Kern Jr., and Benjamin D. Kern; cherished grandfather of Mary (Mike) Tripp, Norman (Katie) Gross, Brandyn Kern, Bryant Kern, Chelsey Kern, and George R. Kern III; proud great-grandfather of Geordi Hall and Jay Tripp; great-great grandfather of two; brother to David (Beverly) Kern, Lois Voss; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years Claribel Darlene (Shafer) Kern in 2013, brother John F. Kern, sisters Sarah Bennett, Mary Balyat, and Polly Headley.

He was a very active member of Peace Community United Church of Christ in Waldo, Ohio, and a member of the United Steel Workers. His proudest achievement was the sun porch he built where he and his wife spent many hours sitting, talking, and watching the birds. He had a knack for woodworking, and was a true handy man that fixed any and everything. Even though he is not physically with us now, he will always be in our hearts.

The family will receive friends on Friday, August 17, 2018 from 5 – 8 pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive (formerly 1510 W. William Street), Delaware, where funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 11:00 am with Pastor Joel Fetter officiating. Burial will follow in Ashley Union Cemetery.

Contributions in George’s memory may be given to the The Wounded Warrior Project,  P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas  or Peace Community Church of  Christ P.O Box 176, Waldo, Ohio 43356. The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve the Kern family.

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  • Dear Kim and family, I know it’s hard to lose a parent and it sounds as though he was a wonderful man. You have my heartfelt love and sympathy.