Robert “Bob” Joseph Kern of St. James, Missouri was born on January 16, 1948 in Kirkwood, Missouri to Harold and Trudy (Heims) Kern and passed away Sunday, December 9, 2018 at the age of 70 years, 10 months and 24 days.
After high school Bob proudly served his country in the United States Army.
He later attended college and became a Fire Fighter/ Paramedic. He retired as a Lieutenant from the Aurora, Colorado Fire and Rescue Company.
He then moved to St. James, Missouri, bought a little farm just outside of town, where he built a beautiful home and met Mary Duncan Strauss. They were married on August 18, 2001.
Bob really enjoyed working outside on the farm, he would always plant a big garden and was always proud to share the bounty of his harvest with family and friends.
In his “retirement years” Bob found much joy driving a school bus. Bob loved God and his country.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Kern; sister, Diane Bjornson; and brother-in-law, John Strauss.
He is survived by his mother, Trudy Kern of Muncee, Indiana; wife, Mary of the home; son, Clinton Kern of St. James, Missouri; step-sons, Jacob Duncan and wife Janessa of Pacific, Missouri, Jeremiah Duncan and wife Kati of Pacific, Missouri and Joshua Duncan of Pacific, Missouri; brother, Warner Kern and wife Debbie of Elizabeth, Colorado; sister-in-law, Linda Taylor and husband Lowell of Pope, Mississippi; brothers-in-law, Peter Strauss of Pacific, Missouri and William Strauss and wife Cathy of Lebanon, Tennessee; step-grandchildren, Dalton and Macie Duncan, Autumn and Kylie Duncan, Morgan Hanphin, Cash and Carter Askins, Kenton and Tyler Duncan; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 10 a.m. to noon at the St. James Chapel of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James, Missouri.
Funeral services with full military honors were held at noon on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the St. James Chapel of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James, Missouri with Pastor Gary Lane officiating.
Arrangements under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James, Missouri.