Bernard R. Kern

December 30, 1930 - November 25, 2017
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Bernard R. Kern, MSgt (Retired) 86, journeyed into the loving arms of our Lord Jesus Christ on November 25, 2017. Born in Reading, he was a son of the late Paul and Emma (Neincehelscer) Kern. “Bernie” was a proud American and Korean War veteran who served his country by enlisting in the United States Air Force. He was also a proud member of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard and served in its 193rd Special Operations Group. Bernie’s favorite hobby was trains – he was a true rail fan! He enjoyed the local Reading, Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad very much and was a self-taught highly skilled model railroader who built several displays over the years. Excursions for train rides and train photography were high on his list and it would be hard to find a train Bernie did not travel on or photograph. Baseball was his favorite sport and his favorite team was the St. Louis Cardinals – he enjoyed its legendary players such as Stan Musial, Roger Maris, Lou Brock and Bob Gibson. Bernard belonged to the American Legion and Keystone Fire Company # 1, Shillington for many years and was also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. Vacations often featured another hobby of his, American history and over the years he took his family to several historical sites around the country. Bernie will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 61 years (and train-riding companion) Azailene “Macy” (Pachla) Kern, his beloved Yorkie “Rowdy”, daughter Rickie Ann (Deysher) Schaab and husband David, daughter Kathy Yannes and husband Gary, grandchildren Theresa Schaab and Donna (Schaab) Freydlin and husband Stan, great-grandchildren Leonid and Dmitriy Freydlin, his sister Leona (Kern) Mayernik, nephews Michael Mayernik, Robert Mayernik, and niece LeeAnn Mayernik. The family thanks the health professionals who have assisted Bernie as well as Heartland Hospice. He was a member of St. Frances de Sales Catholic Church. Viewing from Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., One East Lancaster Ave., Shillington on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 6:00-7:30 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 10:30 AM in St. Frances de Sales Catholic Church, 321 N. Church St., Robesonia with a viewing from 9:30-10:15 AM. The Rev. Edward J. Essig, M. Div. celebrant. Interment will full military honors will be at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville at 1:00 PM. Please honor Bernie by making a contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS, 66675-8517, Homes for our Troops, 6 Main St., Taunton, MA, 02780 or any local animal shelter. www.kleefuneralhome.com

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Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

Address:

One East Lancaster Avenue
Shillington, PA 19607

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Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017

Time: 9:30 am - 10:15 am

St. Frances de Sales Catholic Church

Address:

321 North Church Street
Robesonia, PA 19551

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Service Information

Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017

Time: 10:30 am - 11:15 am

St. Frances de Sales Catholic Church

Address:

321 North Church Street
Robesonia, PA 19551

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Mass of Christian Burial
The Rev. Edward J. Essig, M. Div. will celebrate mass


 

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Born: December 30, 1930
Died: November 25, 2017

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Eugene Hahn posted on 11/30/17

Aunt Macy and family, We are saddened to hear from Rickie Ann about Bernard's passing away. Eugene and Vickie Hahn

 

Sam Varnicle posted on 11/29/17

Bernie what a class act always remember talking baseball back in the clothing sales area. Bernie was a good NCO we all missed him when he retired. my thought and prayers with the the Kern family. You will be missed.

 

Brian Reading posted on 11/29/17

REMEMBER BERNIE VERY WELL. I WORKED IN THE WAREHOUSE AND HE WOULD COULD OVER FROM CLOTHING ISSUE AND WE WOULD HAVE SOME GOOD TALKS. THIS WAS BACK IN THE 1970'S WHEN I WAS AN AIR TECH. NICE MAN WAS BERNIE.

 

Kandy Sowards posted on 11/27/17

MSgt. Bernie, Fly high with those angel wings. I missed you when you retired from the 193rd. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

 

Marty Reisch posted on 11/27/17

In Bernards early years he worked after school at the K & W Knitting Mill in Mohnton. He earned his spending money making $.40 an hour limited to 18 hours by state law for about $7.20 weekly. Entertainment on the way home sometimes was watching his favorite baseball team on the few T.V sets available at the time located at the Mohnton Fire Company outside through a side window. Just a bit of history to remember Bernard,s early years.

 

Mike Chalk posted on 11/27/17

Bernie was a fellow member of the 193d SOW and has been a good friend for 30 years. He was was always a good laugh and I will miss talking with him. RIP my friend.

 

Robert I. Rudolph, M.D. posted on 11/27/17

A nice, and interesting, man. My condolences to the entire family.

 

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