Richard (Dick) A. Kern, 87 of Dunkirk passed away Thursday afternoon, March 14, 2013, at Brooks Memorial Hospital with his family at his side.
He was born August 7, 1925 in Dunkirk, the son of the late Arthur and Sophie (Schrantz) Kern.
He attended St. George's School (Sacred Heart Parish) and The Industrial High School in Dunkirk.
A U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II, Mr. Kern served on the Light Cruiser U.S.S. Atlanta CL-104 in the South Pacific and off the coast of Japan as a Medical Assistant. In service to his country, he received the American Campaign, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, Navy Occupation Service and Victory-World War II Medals.
A retiree from Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna, Mr. Kern had previously worked for the City of Dunkirk Urban Renewal Agency and Alco Products Corporation until they both closed.
Memberships included Blessed Mary Angela R.C. Parish-Church of St. Hedwig, where he served as a Eucharist Minister ad-ministering terminal ill parishioners communion at home. Also, he participated at the American Legion Post #62 (Life Member) where he served as Legion Commander in 1953/1954 and was the oldest commander in terms of service. He currently was a member of the Moniuszko Social Club and The Southwestern Firemen's Association (Life Member).
Past memberships in-cluded The Kosciuszko Polish Home, Dunkirk Exempt Firemen's Association, and The Pioneer Hook and Ladder Truck #1.
Prior to the closing of Sacred Heart Church, Mr. Kern was an active member of numerous parish committees including The Knight's of St. John.
Mr. Kern also had served the city of Dunkirk as a Democratic Committeeman for numerous years.
He was an avid outdoors-men especially hunting and fishing. Traveling was one of his favorite pastimes along with following local sports including the ones his family participated in.
Surviving are his wife Betty J. (Bernstein) whom he married July 11, 1953. Their children Richard (Mary) Kern, Elizabeth (Gary) Dauber, Lakewood Ohio, and Patrick (Zoe), Naples, Fla. 8 grandchildren, Matthew, Mary E., Susan, Grant, Brian, Colin, Margo, Olivia, and 3 great grandchildren, Emily, Matthew Scott, Erin.
Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Arthur and sister MaryLou (Maslach).
Relatives and friends are invited to call at the R. Mackowiak Funeral Home Inc. 56 East Doughty Street in Dunkirk, Sunday from 3-7 P.M. Prayers from the funeral home at 9 A.M. Monday morning, with services at 10 O'Clock from Blessed Mary Angela R.C. Parish Church of St. Hedwig. Interment will be at St. Hedwig's Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to be made to Hospice of Chautauqua County, 20 West Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14263.