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James Franklin Kerns

February 5, 1943 - February 14, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
James  Franklin Kerns

James Franklin Kerns

Born: February 5, 1943
Died: February 14, 2019
Age: 76

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      James Franklin Kerns, Sr., the son of Elery and Sylvia (Parker) Kerns, was born February 5, 1943, in Cushing, Iowa.  His childhood years were spent in the Washta and Quimby, Iowa, area where he received his education, graduating from Washta High School in 1961. After his schooling, he entered the military and served with the U.S. Navy from February 1962 until his honorable discharge in July 1966.
      Jim married Barbara Haley on October 30, 1965, at the United Methodist Church in Washta.  After their marriage, they moved to Spencer, Iowa, where he worked as a serviceman for Sears and Roebuck for eight years.  Jim later began working at Eaton Corporation as a maintenance tech for 26 years until his retirement in 2004.  Jim and Barb enjoyed golfing, vacationing in Branson, Missouri, and spending time with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He was a very active member of the Living Word Church in Spencer.
      Jim passed away at the Ava’s House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Thursday, February 14, 2019, at the age of 76.  He was preceded in death by his parents.
      Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Barbara of Spencer; three children: Deborah (Ron) Messerschmidt of Waterbury, NE, James (Ruth) Kerns, Jr. of Sioux Falls, SD, and Jeffrey (Tamara) Kerns of Ames, IA; 12 grandchildren and their families including five great-grandchildren; four siblings: Doreen Kerns-Sambrano of Rapid City, SD, Raymond Kerns and good friend, Connie Dude of Quimby, IA, Alfred Kerns and wife, Susan of Quimby, IA and Gloria Bjorklund and husband, Bruce of Bloomington, MN; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

SERVICES
Memorial services will be held 10:30 A.M., Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Living Word Church in Spencer, Iowa.

A lunch and time of fellowship will be held immediately following the services at the church.
OFFICIATING
Pastor Al Dean
CASKET BEARERS
HONORARY BEARERS:

All of his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
VISITATION
Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the church.
MUSIC
KEYBOARD
Chelsey Feauto

"It Is Well With My Soul"
By Linda Jordan

"Heaven's Song"
By Ciana & Alicia Messerschmidt
INTERMENT
Privately at a later date.

Condolences

Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 3:51 PM
“Barb and Family, my apologies for this late response, as I was not aware of Jim's passing. Had a lot of good times and laughs with Jim at work or play. My sincere condolences to you all. Take Care.”
- Tony Lowe
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 6:47 PM
“Sorry for your loss”
- Rodney Linn
Monday, February 25, 2019 at 8:20 AM
“We are sorry for your loss, I was planning on attending with my dad Duane Thompson. Because of the Weather we did not make it down and wanted to let you know.”
- Tony Thompson
Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 9:16 AM
“We are praying for God’s comfort and peace for all of you. Jim leaves a rich and loving legacy. May you feel God’s love deeply at this time. ”
- Tim and Mary Frank
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 9:45 AM
“So sorry for your loss Barb. Prayers and thoughts for you and your family. ”
- Andy Nelson
Monday, February 18, 2019 at 8:22 PM
“Barb and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Jim was a great guy and will be missed by many. Jim always said he was a great person to work with at Eatons. Your in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. ”
- Jim & Barb Meyerdirk
Monday, February 18, 2019 at 9:02 AM
“Barb, Deb, Jim, Jeff and families - So sorry about your loss. I will always remember his contagious smile. Yo us.Jim will always be remembered as "235"! Thoughts, prayers and hugs. ”
- Bill and Berta Meyer
Monday, February 18, 2019 at 8:28 AM
“Barb and family, we are sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was such a nice man, and I'm sure will be greatly missed.”
- Harley and Delores Kraft
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 9:53 PM
“Sending my condolences to Jim’s family. I’m his cousin and I remember going to the farm and all us kids playing outside or upstairs. So thankful to know Jim is now in the arms of Jesus our Lord. May he give you his comfort and peace at this time.”
- Charlotte Pfalzgraf Gerdes
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 4:06 PM
“Barb and family, we are so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. We have many good memories of knowing both of you over many years. Mick & Karleen ”
- Mick and Karleen Noteboom
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 10:43 AM
“Jim was a great guy! God bless you all!”
- Barbie Walker
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 8:57 AM
“Barb; So sorry to hear about your Jim my sympathy to you and your family 🙁 God be with you all! Praying for comfort & peace for you and your family. ”
- Jim & Sue Adams
Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 5:02 PM
“Your entire family are in our prayers Bob, Becky, and Lauren Haley”
- Robert Haley
Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 4:22 PM
“Kerns family,
Sorry to hear about Jim. I worked with him at Eatons. Such a great guy, always ready to stop and talk whenever we saw him and Barb. Hope your precious memories bring you comfort.”
- Leon & Jo Stoermer
Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 12:40 PM
“So Sorry to hear of Jims passing. Worked with Jim many years at Eaton. Always liked Jim. R.I.P. Jim”
- Steve Hall
Friday, February 15, 2019 at 9:34 PM
“Barb our heart aches for you and your family at the loss of Jim. He was a very special person and will be missed by many. May all the wonderful memories you have of Jim and the life you shared bring you comfort in the days ahead. Ken & Jeannie Lawrence ”
- Ken & Jeannie Lawrence
Friday, February 15, 2019 at 3:12 PM
“Dear Barb and family,
We were so sorry to hear about Jim. We never knew him but know you Barb. Know you all are in our
Thoughts and prayers.
Jackie”
- Jackie Mann
Friday, February 15, 2019 at 3:12 PM
“So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We have really enjoyed coming to Iowa and having cousins reunion. Jim’s quick laugh and keen sense of humor were always on display. To know Jim was a blessing. We will miss you Jim. ”
- Dolores and Denny Crouchses
Friday, February 15, 2019 at 12:54 PM
“I am so very very sorry for your loss. I graduated with Jim in 1961. I can’t come to his funeral on that date but sending prayers your way.”
- Vern Regennitter
Friday, February 15, 2019 at 11:31 AM
“So very sorry for your loss. May God comfort you all during this difficult time.”
- Shelly Bergstadt
Friday, February 15, 2019 at 9:25 AM
“Barb & family, I am so sorry to learn of Jim's death. Worked with him for many years at Eaton's, he always called me "Patty" which I allowed only a few people to call me that. I considered him a good friend & when I needed advice about a maintenance problem, he was there to help. He was a good person, always friendly & loved visiting with him. God bless your family & hold his memories close to your heart.”
- Pat Larsen
Friday, February 15, 2019 at 9:23 AM
“so sorry to hear about Jim. We are in Arizona and will not be able to attend. Our sincere sympathy to all of you.”
- Lanny and Jean Cipperley
Friday, February 15, 2019 at 8:53 AM
“To the Kerns family,
My Deepest Sympathies
May God put peace in your hearts ! ”
- Rhonda Olson
Friday, February 15, 2019 at 8:05 AM
“Dear Barb and family: Was so sorry to hear the news on your loss of Jim. Sending Prayers, Hugs, and Our Deepest Sympathy.
Chuck and Donna Tielbur Milford IA ”
- Chuck and Donna Tielbur
Friday, February 15, 2019 at 8:05 AM
“Dear Barb and family,
We are sorry to read of Jim's passing. Tom worked many a years with him in maintenance at Eaton. His funny memory was that Jim always bumped his knee on the tables and spilled his coffee at break time. We always enjoyed our visits at the annual Christmas parties, while they still had them. So glad that he had the years of retirement that he did so that he could enjoy his passion for golfing. During this time of sorrow, may you always be aware of God's abiding love, and may many good memories bring you comfort in the days ahead. Tom and Mary Galik/Cedar Rapids,Ia”
- Tom Galik
Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 8:33 PM
“We will miss our kind, sweet neighbor. Our sympathies, Barb and family.”
- Lance and Laurie Janssen
Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 8:32 PM
“O dearest Barb and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was a great guy and has earned his ticket to heaven officially punched. Sending hugs and prayers 🌹”
- Linda Sorenson
Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 8:32 PM
“Our deepest sympathy to Jim's family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Mike and Carol Van Arnam
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