MILLER CITY - Francis Richard Kern, 85, of Miller City, died September 4, 2012, at 9:53 a.m. at Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center, Glandorf.
He was a retired teacher, having taught 41 years at high schools in East Liberty (Logan County), Glandorf, New Riegel (Seneca County) and retired from Ottoville High School in 1992. He was born in Miller City on May 11, 1927, to Frank and Mary Ann (Schmiedebusch) Kern. Both are deceased. He married Patricia Ann Miller in St. Ann's Catholic Church in Toledo and she survives in Miller City.
He was a World War II Occupation Period Army veteran, attached to the Engineers 9840 Technical Service Unit, 9th Service Command. He held the rank of sergeant and was discharged in 1946.
He is also survived by three daughters, Mary Beth (Joseph) Stein of Lima, Terrie (James) Drummelsmith of Miller City and Karen (Charles) Schroeder of Ottawa; a son, David (Tammy Verhoff) Kern of Miller City; 12 grandchildren, Nicholas (Jamie) Drummelsmith, Julie (T.J. Pendergast) Drummelsmith, Eric (Cara) Drummelsmith, Lee Drummelsmith, Adam Drummelsmith, Kendra (Steve) Baumgartner, Kaitlin Schroeder, Kirstie Schroeder, Kari Schroeder, Jared Kern, and twins, Alexander and Andrew Kern; a sister, Jane (John) Sullivan of Miller City; three great-grandchildren, Landon Drummelsmith, Ellison Pendergast, Henry Baumgartner; and one great-stepgrandchild, Kendra Craft.
He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Marie (Thomas) Ray and Pauline (Kenneth) Rice; and five brothers, Raymond (Esther and Dorothy) Kern, Wilfred Kern (infant), Donald (Marcille) Kern, Robert (Nan) Kern and Joseph "Ed" (Louise) Kern.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, September 7, 2012, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Miller City, with Father Stephen Schroeder and Father Robert DeSloover officiating. There will be a military graveside service by Miller City American Legion and New Bavaria AMVETS following the mass at the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Love Funeral Home, Ottawa, where there will be a rosary at 8 p.m.
Memorials may be made to Miller City American Legion Post 172 "Gifts to Yanks Who Gave" program. Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.