Herbert Milton Kern (1947 - 2017)

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    - Linda Travers-Inglima
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    - Butch Harris
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It is with great sadness that we share the loss of our friend, Herbie Kern.
Herb passed away at his home in Spenard of natural causes on Nov. 13, 2017, at age 69.
Herb lived his life to the fullest and on his own terms to the end.
Herb was born in Waterloo, Iowa, on the day after Christmas, to his mother, Bernice Elvera Bailey (Kern) and father, Herbert Wilson Kern.
The first of six children, Herb grew up fast and strong. He worked jobs too numerous to mention, but specialized in cement finishing. He started in Iowa and California and came to Alaska in 1982. Herb was a respected mason of Local 867. He passed on his knowledge to all apprentices who were willing to learn.
Herb's passions were riding his Harleys, carving soapstone, making diamond willow furniture and fishing, fishing, fishing! The Kenai River has the best fishing ever, and is where fish camp became our second home. Herb always had a story or two to tell, entertaining all for hours at a time.
Herb was preceded in death by his mother, Bernice and her partner Jack; father, Herbert Kern; and stepfather, Chuck. He is survived by his soul mate, Bonnie Conklin; daughters, Tina and Melissa of Anchorage, Alaska; siblings, Ron and Cindi Kern, Karla and Dick Tournier, Teresa and Mark Fulmer and Frankie and John Robbins of Iowa. Also in Iowa are many, many loving relatives. Sister Cheryl, Teddy and dog Tucker followed Herb to Alaska. He is also survived by uncle, Bert and Bonnie of Alaska; grandchildren, Anthony, Amanda, Amber, Zach and Josh; and great-grandchildren, Ashton, Fletcher and Alana.
A celebration of Herb's life will be held at the Buckaroo Club, 2811 Spenard Road in Anchorage, Alaska, starting 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. It's a potluck, so bring lots of stories.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Nov. 29, 2017