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 John Marshall Kern

 February 11, 1946 - February 11, 2017

 At rest with his angel Michele

Friday, March 24th at 2:30pm

Riverside Veteran’s National Cemetery

22495 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside, CA 92518

John Marshall Kern, 71, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at his home in Florence, Oregon.


He leaves behind his two sons, John and Preston Kern; Son-in-law, Michael Kern; Daughter-in-law, Christine Kern; Brother, Greg Kern; Mother, Gay Kern; and many close friends. He now joins his wife of 36 years, Michele Kern.


The son of John and Gay Kern, he was born in Montebello, California on February 11, 1946. After high school, John enlisted in the army and was a green beret and a paratrooper and served in the 101 airborne division during the Vietnam War. He was a decorated veteran with three purple hearts, and sadly the only surviving member of his squad during the war.


After the war, John graduated from San Jose St. University with a BS in Criminal Justice. He dreamed of becoming a police officer, but due to the nature of his injuries from the war, he was unable to serve. He then relocated down to San Diego where he met his future wife, Michele Behrends, while working security at a local mall. John was in the middle of pursuing a jewel thief when Michele got in the way by asking him a question; thus blowing his cover and letting the jewel thief get away. They were later married on September 6, 1975, and had their first child in 1979 and their second in 1984.


John later found work as a Sales Manager for International Graphics in San Diego, but in 1993 the company was relocated up the Bay Area and then shortly after closed down. He then transitioned his skills practice and found work as a Telecommunications Specialist for Bank of the West, where he worked for the remainder of his career. He retired 2010 with the dreams of moving up to Florence Oregon to live in retirement with his wife, but as fate would have it, Michele passed away the following year in May 2011 from a random heart attack. John still ended up moving to Florence Oregon where he lived the remainder of his years.


John had a passion for woodworking, fishing, flying remote control planes and helping out in his community; either through the Elks lodge or the Boy Scouts. Most importantly he was a beloved father and husband, and a dear friend to anyone who ever met him.


John is now reunited with his angel, Michele.

Do not stand by my grave and weep

I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow

I am the diamond glints on snow

I am the sunlight on ripened grain

I am the gentle autumn rain.


When you awake in

the morning's hush

I am the swift uplifting rush,

of quiet birds in circling flight.

I am the soft starlight at night,

Do not stand at my grave and cry

I am not there, I did not die.

Order of Service



Presentation of Military Funeral Honors


Eulogy From Family members


Sharing of Memories (if time permits)


Thank you / Closing Remarks





Please join us for a reception immediately after the service at the home of:


Greg and Hao Kern

1125 S Laramine St.,

Anaheim, CA 92806