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George J. Kern

January 3, 1943 — April 25, 2024


George Joseph Kern, 81, departed this world into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior on April 25, 2024 at his home.  

George was a beautiful soul, who loved and lived life fully.  He shared his big heart and strengths with everyone who was fortunate to cross his path. Our world was blessed by his tender-loving demeanor, altruism, and unfaltering kindness and generosity.

George shared his life with his co-pilot, Peggy for 18 memory-filled loving years.  They met at Redeemer Lutheran Church as parishioners.   This immediate friendship turned into a lasting enduring love affair union.

Being deeply loved and respected by someone gives you the courage, grace and strength to endure life’s trials. Peggy was deeply loved and respected by George, giving her the ability and strength to endure the hardships of George’s illness and rapid decline.

Besides Peggy, George is survived by a son, George, II and his wife Michelle and their six children; a fraternal twin brother, Bill Kern and his family, a sister Mary Therese Bernadyn and family and a sister-in-law, Denise Kern and family. Four step-children: Mitch (Wanda) Burkholder and family, Steve (Shelley) Harnish and Family, George E. (Ellen) Burkholder and Family, Dave (Cheryl) Clayton and Family; numerous grands and greats also survive George.  A brother Rick, a sister-in-law Sue, and brother-in-law, John and George’s parents, Bill and Mary Kern, all await George’s arrival in Heaven.

George was a Mahanoy City native before coming to Lancaster to attend and graduate from Stevens Trade School. George worked at the Lancaster Newspaper for 43 years.  George’s journey thru life was one of dedicated purpose, joy and love.  And it’s through these cherished memories that we will all remember him always.

George also was a Barnstormer usher, and worked for Schaad Detective Agency as a guard.  In his spare time, George was an avid Elvis tribute artist and golfer. He was a loyal member of the Traveler’s Protective Association for over 60 years.  During that time, he was a past Secretary/Treasurer for 45 years and also past national president for 2 years.

Memorials may be made to Traveler’s Protective Association (T.P.A.) or Hospice and Community Care of Lancaster in his name.

A Celebration of Life will take place on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 11:00 AM at the Buch Funeral Home, 21 Market Square, Manheim.
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Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration of Life

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

11:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Buch Funeral Home - Manheim

21 Market Square, Manheim, PA 17545

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