Ira N. Kerns


Ira N. Kerns passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on January 11, 2020, at the age of 73.
Born October 4, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Wilbur and Marjorie Kerns. A graduate of Riviera Beach High School (Florida), he developed his love of the water and the beach. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Western Kentucky University and had a successful career in sales and consulting. He was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and had served honorably in the U.S. Army as a Russian Linguist. On May 20, 1972 he married the love of his life, Louise (Mayer), in Kentucky. Together they welcomed 5 beautiful children, who were the most important part of his life.
Ira was a devoted husband and father; his true loves in life were his family and friends, golf, bowling, water activities, crosswords and Sudoku, scotch, Motown music, and onion dip. Ira’s talents were many: woodworker, immaculate lawn-cutter, and being Mr. Fix-It. He was a strong man with a contagious smile, a true gentleman, and maintained his positive outlook on life until the end.
He is survived by his wife, Louise, and their children: Christine (Adam) Allen, Brenda (Jase) Lawver, Laura Kerns, Steven (Victoria) Kerns, Matthew (Ashley) Kerns.  Ira was the very proud Papa of Quentin, Kyra, Paige, Tyler, Ella, William, Samantha, Colbi, Zayden and Brody. Siblings: Bill (Judith), Robert (Sue) and Cheryl (Mark), and a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society. A Michigan service will be scheduled at a later date.

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