Andrew Joseph Kern, 82, passed away June 28, 2008, at Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena.
He was born on March 24, 1926, to Suzanne (Brockpahler) and Peter Kern, Sr. in Blue Grass. He served in the Army, Co.F, 21st Infantry from Nov. 14, 1944 to Nov. 11, 1946. He married Theresa Ament on Sept. 26, 1964, in Blue Grass. He lived his entire life in the community and was a dairy farmer. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion and the Holy Name Society. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, baking, gardening, farming and collecting coins.
The Mass of Christian Burial is being held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 2, at St. Hubert's Catholic Church in Blue Grass with the Rev. Michael Kellogg as celebrant. Honorary pallbearers are Stephanie Kaatz, Josh Haverland, Kelsi Kinsman, DesaRae Fuchs, Nicole Fuchs, Erin Fuchs, Jordan Burgau, Tanner Burgau, Kayla Higgins, Joey Higgins, and great-grandchild, Mason Forshen. Active pallbearers were Dean Kern, Ryan Ament, Eric Maijala, Jason Ament, Kyle Mattson and Brian Ament. Interment was at St. Hubert's Catholic Cemetery in Blue Grass. Arrangements were with Johnson Memorial Home in Wadena (www.johnsonmemorialhome.com).
Survivors include his wife, Terri; children, Lynette (John) Kinsman of Thief River Falls, Mike (Sue) Kern of Grand Rapids, Maria (Mark) Fuchs of Elk River, Londa (Lonny) Burgau of Sebeka, and Phil Kern of Frazee; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; brother, Mark (Shirley) of Sebeka; sisters, MaryAnn Uselman of Sebeka, and Suzanne (Doug) Fuller of Gillette, Wyo.; and father-in-law, Norbert Ament, Sr. of Wadena.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Suzanne and Peter, Sr; brothers, Herman, Martin, Peter and Irvin; sister, Agnes Marie; and mother-in-law, Tracey (Braith) Ament.