Joseph Kern (1928 - 2013)

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Joseph Michael Kern was born March 2, 1928 in Boston, Massachusetts to Francis X Kern and Marie Dougherty Kern and passed away February 26, 2013. Joe was a father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and a loyal friend. He sincerely cared about the welfare of others and was always generous in giving his time to their needs. He exhibited strong work ethics and could always be depended upon. Joe received a B.B.A. degree at the University of Alabama in 1952, where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. He served in the U. S. Navy from 1946 to 1948 and also served 18 months as a Lieutenant in the Army during the Korean War in 1952 and 1953. He started his business career in 1954 with Owens-Corning Fiberglass Corporation in Sales and Marketing in the Southwest. He left Owens-Corning in 1960 and founded his own company, Rosco, Inc. where he converted incombustible drapery fabrics for the high rise office building market. He later expanded to the commercial wallcovering market and was instrumental in pioneering a 54" decorative vinyl and fabric wall-covering for commercial buildings. Joe's community and professional activities included past President of the National Wallcovering Association, past President of the Wallcovering Industry Bureau, past President of Greenway Parks Home Owners Association, past President of the Catholic Foundation, and past President of Preston Trail Golf Club. He loved spending time at the Dallas Country Club serving on several committees and playing gin rummy with his friends. Joe was a Knight of Malta one of the highest honors for laymen in the Catholic Church. He was a man with boundless love and energy. No one was a stranger to him and every person who came in contact with Joe was infinitely blessed by his contagious enthusiasm. He was preceded in death by his loving parents, and twin brother, John P. Kern. Joe is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara Armstrong Kern and daughters: Debbie Wheelock and husband Rob; Diana Kern; Donna Kohler, grandchildren: Laura Wheelock Saunders and husband Bill, Lisa Wheelock Barksdale and husband Ben, Lindsay Williams, C.J. Freeman and wife Lindsay, Katie Freeman, great grandchildren, Molly Kern Saunders, Will Saunders, Blake Barksdale, Macy Barksdale, brother-in-law, Butch Cauthen and wife Carol, also many nieces and nephews. The Rosary Wake Service will be held at Sparkman/Hillcrest Northwest Highway Chapel on Friday, March 1st at 4:00 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be held at Christ the King Catholic Church, 8017 Preston Road on Saturday, March 2nd at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), P.O. Box 302398, Austin, Texas 78703 or the . For more information, please visit:


Published in Dallas Morning News from Feb. 28 to Mar. 1, 2013
Joseph M. Kern
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