TaKory Lyn Stern
1983 - 2014
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Our beloved TaKory Lyn Stern, 31, set himself free on July 31, 2014.
Kory was born April 19, 1983, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital to Victor and Jakki Stern. He attended local schools and later received his G.E.D. He was a published author, having had three poems published.
As a child, he played Little League baseball, basketball and was a Boy Scout. He was a member of the Young Marines and took great pride marching with them in the Golden Days Parade.
Kory was a beloved son, brother, father, grandson and cousin in a very large close family. He was a fun-loving, boisterous character and prankster with his cousins. They never thought of him as a "cousin" - he is their brother. Kory was especially close to his cousin, April, because they shared the same birthday and she never let him forget she was 12 hours older. He was especially proud of his son, Elijah, and loved him as only a father can. They shared their love of Tae-kwan-do and making music.
His mother said, "He was a good son and a very protective big brother to his sister Vanessa. We love him dearly and his smile, hugs and kisses will never be forgotten and will always be missed."
Kory was greeted in heaven by his grandfather, Maurice Stern; uncle, Jesse Sipho; aunts, Jackie Stern-Robinson and Rashonda Stern, and his best friend, Eric Pendergrass.
Kory's passing has left a great hole in the hearts of his mother, Jakki Stern; father, Victor Stern; son, Elijah Stern; sister, Vanessa Stern; brother, Christopher Runnion; the mother of his son, Galina Carlson; grandmothers, Alice Stern and Marti Sumner; grandfather, John Sturgeon; aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many friends.
Kory dearly loved his family and was loved in return. Kory left us with many sweet memories to cherish.
A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Thursday, August 7, at Chapel of Chimes, 415 Illinois St. Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on Aug. 5, 2014.
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August 19, 2014
Lil Romeo is what we called you, so charming and sweet....im glad to have known you and to call you my friend. So sorry ur gone but never ever forgotten...love you always my guy!
Rachelle Whipple
August 14, 2014
My sympathy goes out to the family during your time of grief. May God's loving-kindness comfort you and help you through this difficult time. (Psalm 119:50,76)
August 9, 2014
My heart goes out to your family. I taught TaKory at Nordale Elem. He was a bright young man with great leadership potential. His smile always brightened my day.
Trish (formerly) Rex
August 8, 2014
Sincere condolences at this difficult time. May God Bless.
Dorothy & Jerry Snelling
August 7, 2014
Still seems like a bad dream .
Now you will never endure any pain or suffering ever. I hope the faces lit up at the gates when you entered.
My prayers to your family..May your legacy continue to grow.
August 7, 2014
Jakki and family, I am deeply saddened to hear of Kory's passing. Know that he is now looking down on you and Vanessa and protecting you from above. You and Vanessa are in my thoughts and prayers.
Kesha Hasty
August 7, 2014
To Jakki and family, my you find comfort and peace during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mike & Donna White
August 6, 2014
Takory Stern I met you in some of my darkest days and I will never forget you singing to me as we walked down the street on 23rd to brighten my days!! Your Smile will forever be in my heart your voice remains across my soul and I'm sending my deepest condolences to all of your family! You will forever be missed until we meet again my friend please look down over us all!! RIP KORY
August 6, 2014
Now you're free ??
Sherry Dillard
August 6, 2014
Prayers to the fam. I remember being neighbors on 9th ave. I remember babysitting you and your sister. Our sisters were friends too. your smile will never be forgotten. RIP kid
Amber Hernandez
August 6, 2014
I'll never forget the first time I met you and that smile. You will truly be missed and never forgotten. RIP Kory...love ya!!!
My prayers and thoughts are with the family and loved ones.
Kristen Salley
August 6, 2014
Jus wanna say sorry for your loss jakki, I did not talk to Kory a whole bunch but when we did we would talk for awhile Kory was a smart guy with a cool personality and that is somethin I will miss yall stay strong and I'll stay prayed for yall
joshua miex
August 5, 2014
Please accept my condolences for your loss. One can never be prepared for the empty void that's left when a loved one dies. Our Creator promises to give you the strength to live each day without Takory. He says "I have heard your prayers, I have seen your tears" . I will heal you. 2 Kings 20:5.
August 5, 2014
You will be dearly missed:(
Angela Toussaint
August 5, 2014
I wont ever forget the day I picked you up with Jeff and you spent the day with us, i called every place in town to try and find you a local place to make a key for your Mercedes and you ate all my Cheetoes :-) you always had something funny to say and were kimd. I still think you.will be over to do your laubdry. I knew you not very long and not as well as so many others but I wont forget the times I was around you. You have alot of people whose lives you touched. You will stay alive through the memories and hearts of those people
August 5, 2014
Jakki, Vanessa - you have my deepest sympathies. My thoughts and prayers go out to you both and to your family.
August 5, 2014
My heart goes out to your family. I only know the hurt to well. I didn't know TaKory but am friends with his aunt Beth. Hugs and prayers to all of you.
Debbie Crosson
August 5, 2014
Chris, I'm happy to have worked with you and I am praying for your family to help with the loss of your brother, I know how hard it is and he'll always be with you and watching over your son and his son.
Miss Mike
August 5, 2014
Kory you were like a brother to us all. You are greatly respected and the memories we have of you as a family will last throughout the ages. I miss you more than words can express, with the trials you went through and the triumph over them have made you a living legend. Much love from the lower 48
phillip ellis
August 5, 2014
Jakki, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May TaKory rest in peace
Ronnie Rosenberg
August 5, 2014
Takory, you were always a happy go lucky kind of guy even from the first day I met you. I hadn't seen you in a while, but you left a lasting impression on me and you will be missed dearly.
Jennifer Silva
August 5, 2014
Sorry to hear about your loss, Kory had an amazing smile I will remember always..
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