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“Have known John all my life--We attended school in Arlington, Iowa. John was two grades behind me and I believe 3 years younger. He was a good...Read More »
1 of 36 | Posted by: Gene Loomis - Hazleton, IA

“Sherry, So sorry to hear of your loss. ”
2 of 36 | Posted by: JUDITH MARTINEZ - GRETNA, NE

“Dear Sherry and family,So sorry to hear about John's passing. Sherry, you and John, were 2 of my sister's favorites. Lots of good laughs from you...Read More »
3 of 36 | Posted by: Peggy Sharstrom - New London, MN

“Sherry, so sorry to hear of your loss... thinking about you. Jon Flower ”
4 of 36 | Posted by: Jon Flower - Bettendorf, IA

“Mike sorry for your loss. The little I got to know your father I always respected him. He used to make me laugh when he so topped in at Berk's. Take...Read More »
5 of 36 | Posted by: Tom Moore - West Des Moines, IA

“To Sherry,Lisa,Mike and Families,We are so sad to hear of John's Passing,glad we got sit with you both at the Italian festival supper last august.He...Read More »
6 of 36 | Posted by: Robin and Bill Rosenstiel - MN

“I just happened across this notice while doing a search of the Brant Funeral home. I am the granddaughter of Ellen Brant, Herb Brant's second wife. ...Read More »
7 of 36 | Posted by: Jo Schwalm - Savage, MN

“Mike and family,Saddened to hear of Johns passing. Wilbert functions won't be the same without him. He was a good man, with a lot of knowledge. Going...Read More »
8 of 36 | Posted by: Ryan Hecox - Burlington, IA

“Sherry,Lisa & Mike,What a great man. Have known John for many years through funeral service & Wilbert. He will be dearly missed. My thoughts and...Read More »
9 of 36 | Posted by: Steve Corson - Waverly, IA

“Sherry, Mike and Lisa,So very sorry to hear of our loss to your family and our friend. We will miss him at our morning coffee. May John rest in...Read More »
10 of 36 | Posted by: A friend

“We were sorry to hear of Johns passing. Remembering all the great times we had. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. ”
11 of 36 | Posted by: Herb & Jeanne Pearson - IA

“Sorry to hear of John leaving us. I had my association with him through my years in the funeral profession. My prayers to you all. ”
12 of 36 | Posted by: Mike Maher - Council Bluffs, IA

“What a great smile John always had and was always kind and cordial to me even tho' we never did business together (my funeral home in Sioux City). ...Read More »
13 of 36 | Posted by: Terry Smith - Sioux Cith, IA

“Sherry, Lou Ann and I are so sorry. John was a good man and one of the few people that brought tears to my eyes...from laughter. We will never forget...Read More »
14 of 36 | Posted by: Bob Roloff - La Valle, WI

“I was sorry to hear of John's passing on Sunday. i will always remember the trips he made to omaha, and the wonderful entertainment he provided when...Read More »
15 of 36 | Posted by: Brad Brodhagen - Omaha, NE

“To Sherry and LisaMy fondest memories of this great guy will alwaysbe with me. I came to know John at Ellsworth JC.We spent many a night together...Read More »
16 of 36 | Posted by: Iver Beck - St Paul, MN

“My sympathy to you and your family, Mike. ”
17 of 36 | Posted by: Chad Petersen - Iowa City, IA

“All though we didn't have the luck nor the pleasure to know John for very long, we will never forget him.He was a great guy,loving husband to Sherry...Read More »
18 of 36 | Posted by: Bill & RoseMarie Murphy - Kerwood, ON

“To the Kerns family, I am so sorry to hear the loss of John. It's tough losing parents. But even though he's not physically here, stories and...Read More »
19 of 36 | Posted by: Beth Miller White - WATERLOO, IA

“Mike & family,I extend my sympathy to you. I always enjoyed your dad's visits to the funeral home and at conventions. He had great insight and wisdom...Read More »
20 of 36 | Posted by: Mark Kimzey - Mount Pleasant, IA

“My condolences to the Kern family. I haven't seen John for a while but always enjoyed him when he stopped by our funeral home (in Atlantic, Iowa - a...Read More »
21 of 36 | Posted by: Kathie Hockenberry - Atlantic, IA

“Dear Sherry, Lisa and MikeI grew up in Arlington and have many fond memories of John. You have our sympathy and our prayer's in this very trying time...Read More »
22 of 36 | Posted by: Robert Thompson - Pine City, MN

“Sherry, Lisa and Mike and family, I am truly blessed that I had the opportunity to have known John throughout my years with Wilbert. He was a great...Read More »
23 of 36 | Posted by: Kelly Unruh - Plainfield, IL

“I was sad to hear of John's passing. My very first memory of John, was when we were all little kids, and he lived on the next farm, to the West, of...Read More »
24 of 36 | Posted by: Mary Anne Knight - Oelwein, IA

“It was a real pleasure seeing John at the Wilbert Meetings, he always was there to lend a ear and discuss. He will always be a pioneer. Blessings... ”
25 of 36 | Posted by: Kevin L. Traub - Edmonton, AB

“I will forever remember John for his kindness at all the Wilbert meetings. It was always so nice to see him. Deepest sympathies to you. ”
26 of 36 | Posted by: Holly Baxter - Cincinnati, OH

“I am so sorry to learn of John's death. I am thankful that I was able to catch up with him at the last IFDA convention. I will be thinking of your...Read More »
27 of 36 | Posted by: Annette (French) Speer - Aledo, IL

“Sherry, Lisa and Mike and family, I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. Please know you'll be in our thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. ”
28 of 36 | Posted by: Mike Lorenz - Marion, IA

“So sorry to learn of John's passing. The first time I saw John was in 1944 when he and his parents came to rent the farm near Arlington where we...Read More »
29 of 36 | Posted by: Garry/Betty Davidson - WI

“Dear Sherry and family. We're so sorry to hear about John. Please know we're thinking of you and wish we could be there with you. Gary and Carrell ”
30 of 36 | Posted by: Gary and Carrell Windecker - CA

“Sherry, Lisa, and MikeThinking of all of you at this sad time. It is with heavy heart that we say goodbye to John from our winter home in Texas. So...Read More »
31 of 36 | Posted by: A friend

“Sherry, Lisa, Mike Love and Hugs to you all.John Kern's has a legacy of sharing comfort, peace and love to so many families in their time of sorrow...Read More »
32 of 36 | Posted by: Mickie (Brant) Schultz - TX

“Dear Sherry, Lisa and Mike,I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. A former classmate messaged me about it this evening. Our families shared many...Read More »
33 of 36 | Posted by: Kathy Brant Braga - Marshalltown, IA

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family. ”
34 of 36 | Posted by: Mary (Menuey) Thies Frankfort, Il

“Sherry, Lisa, and Mike I am so sorry to see your husband, father and best friend has passed away. I have so many memories of John and never once can...Read More »
35 of 36 | Posted by: Beth Bunn - Story City, IA

“He was always very giving to the Mahoney family. He will be missed. ”
36 of 36 | Posted by: Ron Mahoney - Jefferson, IA

JOHN H. KERNS of Oelwein, IA died February 4, 2017 at the age of 75. He worked as a funeral director for the Murdoch Funeral Home in Marion and the Fawcett Funeral Home in Winthrop before joining Brant Funeral Home in Oelwein in 1968. He later purchased the firm along with the Delsing-Wright Funeral Home in Maynard and the Gleim Funeral Home in Arlington and continued to own and operate them until May 1, 1987. John later worked as the public relations and entertainment director for Omaha Wilbert Vault and Wilbert Vault of Waterloo, Fort Dodge, Mason City and West Union; and was part owner of Zenith Casket Co in Des Moines. He graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Mortuary Science in 1965.