Carroll O. Kern, 74, of Kunkle, Ohio, died Feb. 3, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family.
He was born Dec. 3, 1939, in Shelby, Iowa, to the late Edmun and Lela (Stahlnecker) Kern. He married Lori Lambright on Sept. 28, 1974, in Oak Grove, Mo., and she survives.
Carroll grew up on a farm in Missouri and graduated from Salem High School. He was a carpenter, and helped build the Kansas City Chiefs stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
“Kern” had a deep reverence for his country and truly enjoyed life. He loved to tell stories and jokes and enjoyed fishing and western movies.
Besides his wife, Carroll is survived by a daughter, Pheobie (and Jeremy) Hanover of Sherwood, Ohio; “adopted” children, John (and Brenda) Shoup of Nashville, Mich., Robert (and Dianne) Shoup of Sunfield, Mich., and Diana (and Ron) Demond of Hastings, Mich.; a sister, Donna (and Paul) Light of Cummings, Ga.; two grandchildren, Samantha and Mara; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Cathe Alerding; and seven siblings, Russell Kern, Mary Elder, Edmun Kern, Lois Monk, Duane Kern, Dean Kern and Bradie Kern.
A celebration of life visitation is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 6, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, followed by a celebration dinner at 4 p.m. at Kunkle United Brethren Church.
Memorial donations are suggested to Gorham-Fayette Fire Department or CHP Hospice.