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Lester A. "Al" Kern

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Lester A. “Al” Kern, 95, of Carlisle, died on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 in Chapel Pointe at Carlisle.  He was born on January 7, 1921 in Harrisburg, and was a son of the late Lester M. and Nellie (Smith) Kern and was married to the late Dorothy “Dottie” (Ruggles) Kern, who died on June 25, 2013.

Al graduated in 1938 from Blain Vocational School, was a 1940 graduate of Central Penn Business College and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Dickinson College in 1948.  He served in the US Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946 and was a veteran of WWII.  Al retired from the Carlisle Barracks where he served as the Director of Personnel and Community Activities with the Deputy Post Commandant from 1949 to 1979.  After his retirement, he worked as a “tipstaff” at the Cumberland County Courthouse for more than 29 years.  He was a faithful member of the First United Church of Christ, Carlisle, where he served in many capacities including; Elder, past President of Consistory, former Superintendent of Sunday School, former member of the choir and various councils.  Al was a past Master and past Treasurer of St. John's Lodge No. 260 F & AM, a past District Deputy Grand Master of Third Masonic District, past Thrice Potent Master of Lodge of Perfection, Valley of Harrisburg, Scottish Rite, past President of Carlisle Chapter, National Sojourners, past Commander of Charles E. Lukens Camp, Heroes of'76, member of all Bodies of York Rite, Carlisle and was coroneted a 33rd Degree Mason in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1986.   He was also a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and was the Secretary and past Commander of J. P. Brindle Camp No. 50, Carlisle, past Commander of PA Dept., Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, past President and Secretary, past Commanders and past Presidents of PA.  Al was a past President of Carlisle Lions Club, past member of Carlisle Kiwanis Club, served on Committees at Dickinson College, coached Buddy League Baseball and played on baseball teams in the Army Air Corps and Dickinson College.

He is survived by one daughter, Cheryl A. (and her husband, Sal) Carrera of North Ft. Myers, FL, one son, Craig A. (and his wife, Dolly Rice) Kern of Carlisle, one brother, Gary W. (and his wife, Judy) Kern of Carlisle, one sister, Betty Baker of Carlisle, one grandson, Tony Carrera and many nieces and nephews.  Al was predeceased by one sister, Lois Talley.

A viewing will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, 2016 followed by funeral services at 4:00 p.m. in the First United Church of Christ, 30 N. Pitt St, Carlisle, with Rev. Chris Schwab and Rev. Rachel Schwab officiating.  A Masonic service will begin at 3:50 p.m.  A time of fellowship will immediately follow the services at the church.  Burial will be private.  Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Carlisle, is in charge of arrangements.  Memorial donations in Al’s name may be made to his church or to St. John’s Lodge No. 260 in care of J. David McKibben, 439 Steelstown Rd., Newville, PA 17241.  www.Since1853.com

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Fellowship Place at Chapel Pointe will miss Al deeply. We loved his dry sense of humor and his love of watching our staff work in the kitchen. We were always touched deeply how Craig honored his Father.

Paula Stern

So sorry to hear of his passing
Lois Witmer

Please know that we share in the grief that you and your family are having. Rest In Peace

Bill and Connie Murphy

Cindy and I remember Al and Dottie from C St., in Carlisle. Good people, good neighbors, good citizens. I wish there were many more like them.

Terry Sensenig

A long and remarkable life. My sincere sympathy.

Wendy Kitner

Sincere condolences to the Kern Family. Lester will be missed by many of us that knew him for his kindness and smile. May God comfort you all in the loss of your loved one. He has now joined Dottie of whom we miss also. They were such a sweet couple and I enjoy working for them. Keeping you all in my thoughts & prayers.

Naomi Krom
Dear Kern Family:
Al was a very special person. I had the pleasure of working with him atDPCA at Carlisle Barracks as a Lt. in the Army. He and his wife were wonderful people. I still think of a joke that he told one day in the office.he always had a smile and always liked to help out. I enjoyed our occassional meetings thrughout the last 48 years. Sorry, I could not attend the servic my wife came down with stage four cancer very recntly and she was running a high temperature.
I will be thinking and praying for you in the coming weeks.

"Keep the Faith"
name: Jim Massey 717 732-3470

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Since 1853
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