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Wayne Alvin Kerns 1945-2013

Wayne Alvin Kerns

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December 22, 2013
I remember the days when Wayne and I were both in uniform. I knew I could count on him and he knew he could count on me. I deeply regret to hear of his passing. My deepest condolences to his family and all his loved ones. He will live forever in our hearts.
December 22, 2013
I was an explorer scout at Springfield Police Department under Wayne's command from 1978 to 1980 before entering the US Coast Guard. Wayne was a mentor, and beloved friend who was always there to help me and make sure I stayed the course. Explorer Scouts earned respect from the patrol division because Wayne enabled us to complete tasks that Explorers hadn't been permitted to do prior to his leadership. Wayne was a jack of all trades and master of many. Wayne was an outstanding police officer, and always took me with him regardless of what shift he was working. Wayne's wife Aiko is a wonderful woman who always cared for us when we would come over to visit. In my eyes, if there was a man who could move a mountain, it was Wayne Kerns. Wayne was an old school cop, who backed down from no one and to my knowledge never lost a fight. Although I only spoke with Wayne a couple of times a year in recent years, I thought of him frequently. Now entering my 25th year of police work, I have said to myself many times, “What would Wayne do?”. There are many good cops in this state, but in my opinion Wayne Kerns was a cut above. My heart is heavy with Wayne's loss as he was such a great person and had such a positive influence on my when I was growing up. I guess all I can say at this point is, “Thank you so much, for all you have done for me”. Rest easy Wayne; I will continue to fight the good fight in your honor with all you have taught me.
December 22, 2013
My condolences to Aiko, Nieces & Family, and all Wayne's friends.
As my friend Wayne helped me move to the country,brought me a tractor to landscape the place, fixed my truck, built my trailer, scrounged up some timbers to rebuild my bridge in 1996, and many other things over the years.
As a colleague he was the back-up you always wanted, there when I needed help during a fight in a ditch or when
he rearranged a few faces during a riot at the Greenwood Lounge. Boom, boom, boom there he was in the shoot-out
at the Lindale apartments, you could always count on him. A mentor to many young men in the SPD Explorer Scout program, including my son who was still his fishing buddy.
A Giant of a man with a soft soul who will be missed by all
of us and never forgotten - Rest peacefully my Friend.
December 21, 2013
Wayne helped my parents adjust to their new lives when they uprooted from the big city. He was one of the most generous, kind hearted, selfless individuals, and will be missed. Thank you for all that you've done.
December 21, 2013
Lowell and I met Wayne at New Hope Baptist Church. Lowell and Wayne were in the same Bible Study class and Lowell enjoyed getting to know what a great man he was. When I worked in the kitchen at church Wayne was always bringing in free food that he had gotten donated from local stores. He was such a giving and caring person. We will all miss him.
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