Raymond L. Kern Jr., of Harveys Lake, died in his sleep early Friday of a heart attack.
He was a son of Ellenita Newcomb Kern and the late Raymond L. Kern Sr., of Dallas. Born in Wilkes-Barre, he graduated from Dallas Senior High School, class of 1979, where he excelled in football and track-and-field. He attended Temple University and graduated from Wilkes University with a bachelor of science degree in accounting.
He was office manager of Kern Brothers Beverage in Dallas for 16 years before establishing WoodPro Insurance Agency in Dallas, which he operated until his death. He was past treasurer of the George M. Dallas Lodge 531of Dallas and a member of Gate of Heaven parish.
An avid reader, he was well versed in many subjects, current events and the political scene. His memory for historical facts was extraordinary. His love of animals included his membership in the Bull Terrier Society for many years, and he leaves behind his beloved dog Cubby.
He was a kind and true friend to many and “a heart of gold” was used often to describe him for going out of his way to help anyone. He was truly the epitome of the Golden Rule.
His nieces and nephews were the greatest source of happiness for him and they loved him dearly, and his remarkable sense of humor will never be forgotten.
He was predeceased by maternal grandparents Joseph and Regina Newcomb, and paternal grandparents Edwin and Marion Kern.
Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his sister, Christine Kern Shenefield; and her husband, Chris, Dallas; and brother Michael Kern and his wife, Carol, Monkton, Md.; nephews Christopher Tucker and wife Betsy, Washington, D.C.; Matthew and Eric Tucker, Dallas; Brady Kern, Monkton, Md.; nieces Madeline Kern, Monkton, Md.; Melissa Tucker and Olivia Shenefield, Dallas.
The funeral will be held Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. from the Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home, 140 N. Main St., Shavertown, Pa., with a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Gate of Heaven Church, Dallas.
Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.
Friends may call today at the funeral home, from 5 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 120 Wall St., 19th Floor, New York, NY 10005 or the SPCA, 524 E. Main St., Fox Hill Road, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.