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Richard Leonard Kern

March 21, 1935 ~ December 5, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Richard Kern Obituary

Richard Leonard Kern, 88 of Palisade passed away Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at his home.  He was born March 21, 1935 in Faribault to Leonard and Ruth (Crandall) Kern.  He grew up and attended school in Saint Paul.  He married Myrna Andreen Revoir Nielsen March 30, 1955, they divorced in 1960.  Richard was united in marriage to Sharon Lovene Loftis on January 21, 1961 in Ames, Iowa.  He worked as a painter in the Twin Cities area and was a member of the Saint Paul Painters & Allied Craftsmen Union Local 61.   In 1968 he purchased property near Palisade  where he operated a dairy farm.  Richard would travel back and forth from Palisade to the Twin Cities, farming and painting.  He retired in 1995 and remained active in the Palisade area where he enjoyed his farm and raised Beef cattle. 

He was preceded in death by his wife Sharon on November 8, 2006, siblings: Elaine, Donald and Sharon, a grandson, former wife Myrna and his parents Leonard and Ruth Kern.

Richard is survived by his children: Lori (Mark) Maas, Kip Nielsen, Rick Nielsen, Jodi Stee, Sue Backus, Scott Kern (Denita Weston), Rod (Kim) Kern, Nicole (Dana Erickson) Kern; 19 grandchildren: Paula (Frank) Borowiec, Jessica Hawkins, Dan (Lisa) Hawkins, Adam (Heather Gourley) Hawkins, Tim Hawkins, Elyce Nielsen (Khalif), Eric Stee, Jeff Stee, Ronnie (Ashley) Nielsen, Eisabella Nielsen, David (Shaw Grygo) Backus, Jessica (Luke Darud) Backus, Jake (Micaiah Summer) Backus, Victoria Backus, Coty Kern, Ana Kern, Jared Kern, Travis (Mariah) Kern and Zach (Nicole) Kern; 28 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; brother Harlan (Beverly) Kern; brothers-in-law: Buz (Sara) Loftis and Butch Loftis; and many other special relatives and friends who mourn his passing.

A special thank you to Coty Kern and St. Croix Hospice who cared for Richard during this difficult time in his life

Funeral service will be 11:00am – Tuesday, December 12, 2023 at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.  Pastor Dallas Smith will officiate.  Visitation will be 5 to 7pm – Monday at the funeral home and will continue 1 hour prior to the service.  Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Palisade at a later date.  Go to  srtfuneral.com to leave a message of condolence.

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Services

Visitation
Monday
December 11, 2023

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service
31 Minnesota Ave S.
Aitkin, MN 56431

Visitation
Tuesday
December 12, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service
31 Minnesota Ave S.
Aitkin, MN 56431

Funeral Service
Tuesday
December 12, 2023

11:00 AM
Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home and Cremation Service
31 Minnesota Ave S.
Aitkin, MN 56431

Private Interment

Pine Grove Cemetery
Logan Township
Palisade, MN 56469

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