Dean L. Kern

March 15, 1927March 5, 2014
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Dean L. Kern, 86 of Bluffton and formerly of Markle passed away at 10:50am on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at River Terrace Estates. Dean was a 1944 graduate of East Union High School. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a life member of the Markle Church of Christ where he had served as Sunday School Teacher, Deacon and Elder. Dean had worked at General Motors for many years, as well as Wayne Metal, RCA at Berne, and then Magnavox for 25 years, retiring in 1993. He enjoyed wood working and playing golf.

Dean was born on March 15, 1927 in Fort Wayne, a son of Arthur and Ethel (Benjamin) Kern.

He was united in marriage to Ilene Cayot on June 8, 1946 in Fort Wayne. His wife survives.

Additional survivors include four daughters: Judy (John) Braden of Bluffton; Barb (Jerry) Sheets of Bluffton; Connie Kern of North Webster; Lisa (Randy) Workman of Lagro; a brother: Walter Kern of Avilla; two sisters: Arlene Hart of Avilla; Gloria Zielinski of Newburn, NC; nineteen grandchildren and thirty-three great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother: Russell Kern.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 7, 2014 from 2:00 – 8:00pm at the Markle Church of Christ, 455 E. Morse Street, Markle, Indiana.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 10:00am with one hour of visitation prior to the service at the Markle Church of Christ with Greg Comp and Gerald O. Moreland officiating.

Interment will be at the Six Mile Cemetery in Bluffton.

Memorial donations may be made out to Markle Church of Christ Missions in care of Myers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 403, Markle, IN 46770.


  • Visitation Friday, March 7, 2014
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 8, 2014

Dean L. Kern

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Alan 7 Cindy

March 7, 2014

So sorry for your loss, you have our deepest sympathy. Dean, and your entire family were a big part of our growing up, and influenced us in many ways. I will alway remember all of you, our days in Markle, and the Markle Church of Christ. It "all" did so much to shape our lives, and who we've become. Thank you Dean and Ilene for all you have done for so many.

March 7, 2014

We want you to know how much we have enjoyed your friendship over the years, especially when the class met for their reunion. You are in our prayers.

Tom and Nancy Haiflich. PALMYRA, PA

Luccio & Eleanor nor florio Sr

March 7, 2014

Our prayers and sympathy to the kern family on the loss of Dean , Jeanne's dear brother .we offer Dean's family our condolences , especially to Jeanne ,our dearest sister in law. Luccio and Eleanor(Zielinski) Florio

Theresa & Edward Albanese

March 7, 2014

Our sympathies on the loss of Dean, although we have never had the honor of meeting Dean, we so often heard Gloria Z. and my Uncle David speak of him with affection. May God keep him close and comfort all of you during your loss.

Bruce & Linda Myers

March 6, 2014

Ilene and Family,
Linda and I wish to extend our sympathy to you and the family on the death of Dean. How blessed you must all feel knowing he is now in the presence of our heavenly father. I always admired the both of you for your strong Christian convictions and warm spirit. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.