July 28, 1936 - May 27, 2021
Kern French, age 84, died May 27 at his Salem residence where he lived for 45 years. Kern’s death was sudden, but he had a good life.
Kern was born July 28, 1936, in Aurora, Missouri to Joseph French and Viola Ekhoff. The family moved to Los Angeles soon after. Kern lived with his aunt and uncle Jack & Della Evans during his high school years and graduated from Lawrence High School in Kansas. Kern served in the Army, and later graduated from Cal State University.
Kern worked as a City Planner in Cypress, CA, as a city manager in John Day and Cornelius in the early 70s and later worked as a correctional counselor at OSCI. He enjoyed the outdoors with fishing a defining characteristic. Fishing in dozens of Oregon lakes, surf and deep-sea fishing as well crabbing with his wife Bobbie (Roberta). He enjoyed woodworking in retirement including participating on the Salem carousel project. In later years, Kern and Bobbie’s biggest enjoyment outside of family and travel were years of weekends boating and fishing at Detroit Lake with family and friends.
He is survived by his son Greg French; daughter-in-law Darcy; brother Keith; and many friends and family that wish him well. A celebration of life will be held at a later date; please contact Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service for service information.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Detroit Lake Foundation in Kern’s name. Assisting is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
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