John Kern

Obituary of John Kern

John “Jack” H. Kern, age 90, formerly of Adrian, MI, died May 5, 2022 at Bay Breeze Rehabilitation in Venice, FL.


He was born December 8, 1931, in Adrian to Herman and Marian (DeMarios) Kern. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. On September 14, 1957, he married Donna Jean Robinson in Adrian and recently celebrated 65 years of marriage, she survives.  Jack was employed by Rick’s Barber Shop for 16 years and then became owner and operator of Kern’s Barber shop until retiring in July 1998. If you were a kid and Jack cut your hair, you always got to pick a DumDum or a Tootsie Roll.


He served on the Madison Twp. Fire Department for 25 years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Adrian, MI and The Epiphany Cathedral in Venice, FL, the Knights of Columbus, the Moose Lodge of Adrian, MI & Venice, FL, the American Legion William C. Stark Post #97, and the Elks in Englewood, Florida. He also played Santa Claus for more than 25 years at many of them places.


In addition to his wife, Donna, he is survived by his daughter, Lisa (Todd) Cutcher of North Port, FL, a sister, Betty Olewiler of Seattle, WA; two brothers, Ken (Fran) Kern of Oceanside, CA, and Howard (Mary Ann) Kern of Walled Lake, MI; Sisters-in-Law, Faye Kern of Santa Barbara, CA, Sharon Kern of Dallas, TX  and three grandchildren, Jason (Courtney) Jardine of Mason, MI, Christopher (Kurtis) Jardine, Cody Jardine, all of Toledo, OH, 2 Step-Grandchildren Dustin (Amanda) Cutcher, Maumee, OH and Cody (Veda) Cutcher of Temperance, MI., and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Kevin John, his brother and sister-in-law Robert & Margaret “Peggy” Kern, brothers, Lawrence Kern and Jerome Kern and brothers-in-law Clarence Lee & Robert Olewiler.


A Funeral Liturgy and Celebration of Life will be offered at a later date. Jack will be laid to rest at Sarasota Memorial Cemetery, Sarasota, FL.


The family asks that in lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in Jack's honor to either of the following; Hospice of Venice, The American Heart Association or The American Diabetes Association.

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