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David Jerome Kern

David Jerome Kern, age 63, of Mena, Arkansas, died on Thursday, June 24, 2021, in CHI St. Vincent Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was born on Sunday, August 25, 1957, to LT Richard Arthur Kern and Pauline Louise Pennington Kern at the U.S. Army Hospital, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

David was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mena, and he sang in the Sanctuary Choir. He loved his family and was a lifelong Chicago Cub baseball fan. He enjoyed making and recording music, including singing, playing the guitar and trumpet. David had an associate degree in Computer Science and enjoyed working on computers. Additionally, he had an associate degree ­­in Criminal Justice from ICC in E. Peoria, Illinois. Between his schooling, he worked for Pizza Hut as a Night Manager, then he worked many years as a Security Officer for Pair of Dice Hotel and Casino in E. Peoria, Illinois. David was a loving husband, father, son, brother, grandfather, and uncle and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his mother.

David is survived by his wife, Joyce Kern of Mena; his father, Richard Kern of Mena; one son and daughter-in-law, Jeffery and Sarah Kern of Houston, Texas; one grandchild, Alice Kern of Houston, Texas; his brother and sister-in-law, Daniel and Becky Kern of Pfafftown, North Carolina; nephew, Mark Kern and his wife Tiffany Kern and their son, Chandler Kern; niece, Jessica Tumulity and her husband Zac Tumulity and their two sons, Liam and Jax all of Pekin, Illinois; his mother-in-law, Lois Thompson of Mountain Grove, Missouri; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 3, 2021, at 10:00 A.M. at the First United Methodist Church in Mena with Reverend Dr. Scott Stewart officiating. Cremation services are entrusted to the Bowser Funeral Home in Mena.

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