Obituary: John Kern, 71, Germantown Hills

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

GERMANTOWN HILLS - John C. Kern, 71, of Germantown Hills died at 12:24 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at his home.

Born Sept. 26, 1941, in Metamora to William and Bernadine (Grebner) Kern, he married Linda Ross on May 28, 1966, in Peoria. She survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Scott Kern of Front Royal, Va., John (Angie) Kern Jr. of Washington and Matthew Kern of Durango, Colo.; one daughter, Tammi (Bud) Vickery of Belleville; four grandchildren; four brothers, David Kern of Danvers, Michael (Belinda) Kern of Washington, Douglas (Connie) Kern of Tremont and Keith Kern of Marion; one sister, Donna (Bruce) Graff of Washington.

He was preceded in death by one son, Curtiss G. Kern on Sept. 28, 1978; his parents; and one brother, James Kern in 1995.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at Ludwig Mortuary in Morton, where a recitation of the rosary will be held at 7 p.m.

Further visitation will be from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Mary of Lourdes Catholic Church in Germantown Hills. Father Neri Greskoviak, O.F.M., will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary of Lourdes Catholic Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Peoria Journal Star Christmas Fund, P.O. Box 1549, Peoria, IL 61655.

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