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Gregory Keith Kern Sr went to his heavenly home on November 14th 2020. He was born in Beaverton, MI on November 26th 1957 to Theodore Kern Sr and Anna (Beller) Kern.


Greg loved many things but he loved his family the most. As a young man Greg worked on steamboat, and tug boats on the Mississippi River. This is where he met his loving and faithful wife Judy (Hartley) Kern on the Mississippi Queen River Boat. They were married December 30, 1978 in New Roads, Louisiana. Greg loved to fish, if it was a nice day out and he didn’t have to work, you would likely find him fishing anywhere he could find. He loved to bring people together with fish, whether it was frying it up his special way or heading up to fish camp to enjoy weeks of fishing the Manistee River.


He loved his grandchildren more than he knew or imagined was possible, and that was obvious. With countless puzzles made, adventures into the woods, endless water fights, silly jokes to make them smile and to many “hey you runts” to count.


He will be greatly missed and remembered in a way that respects the life he lived.


He is survived by his wife Judy Kern, along with their children Gregory (Pam) Kern Jr. Anne (Susan) Kern, Ivy (Justin) Dailey, Joseph (Stephanie) Kern, Andrew Kern and his most loyal companion Paco, his grandchildren; Willow, Autumn, Rayne, Charlotte, Theodore, Tyler and Kayleigh. He is also survived by his siblings, Caroline (William) Foster, Theodore Kern Jr, Marilyn Major, Jerry (Sandy) Kern, Kathy (Tom) York, Renee (Gary) Hecht and sister in law Donna Kern. Along with longtime partner in crime, Dennis (Putz) Barshaw, his mother in law Leona Hartley and sister in law Nancy (Don) Johnston and many many nieces, nephews, cousins, uncle and hundreds of people whose lives have been impacted by his entertaining, genuine, generous, loving and kind gentle spirit.


He was preceded in death not only by his grandparents, parents, and father in law Herschel Hartley, but also his brother in law Boogie Major, sister in laws Jean Penn and Karen Kern. His brothers Ricky Kern and Fred Kern. Nephew Daniel Snoody and Niece Teri Pero. Along with very special friend Trudy Barshaw.


Cremation has taken place and a small private memorial service will be held at a later date.


In lieu of flowers those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the family in his name. The family urges you all to wear your mask, in honor of Greg Kern. To do your part in slowing this deadly virus that took such a young soul. To respect your life and the lives of those around you, enough to want to protect them. Do it for the people who called him husband, daddy, poppy, brother, uncle, cousin and friend.


Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Kern family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.

Condolence Messages

  1. Frank Fick

    13 December 2020 9 months ago

    Worked with him for a while a great christian man.Always questing for a better understanding

  2. Gloria Jones

    01 December 2020 10 months ago

    This note is late in coming but not for the lack of desire to send one. I can still not believe Greg is gone. He was such a presence – like a ray of sunshine with his ready smile and good humor. My family sends their deepest sympathies. We share your grief and pray for your relief.

  3. Dawn Adams

    19 November 2020 10 months ago

    I am so so sorry. Holding space in my heart for all of you. Sending all my love and light your way.

  4. Joy Toth

    18 November 2020 10 months ago

    I am so sorry to hear about Gregs passing. I worked with him for several years he was such a nice and funny person, yet professional at the same time. I’m blessed to have known him.

  5. Deborah Lynn Clark

    17 November 2020 10 months ago

    Uncles and Aunts are very special. I don’t have a lot of flowery words and I can hardly write this for the tears. But no one actually loved and was loved by so many. The loss of such a soul will be felt far and wide. For me he’s still around and I hope it stays that way. If I need help remembering I just have to listen and I can hear him singing some song or laughing with some friend or Grand kid.Or maybe just beating me at some of the 100’s of games he knew. See ya when I see ya Unc. Love ya

  6. Jade Walton (Durbin)

    17 November 2020 10 months ago

    I’m very sad to hear of the passing. However, I am feeling very lucky to have known Greg kern and his family my entire life. I have always looked at Greg as an uncle. Greg and my grandpa together we’re so much fun to be around. They always brought laughter and happiness everywhere they went. The Kern family is in my prayers. Thank you for all the good memories. I will always cherish the moments we got to spend together.

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