Robert C. Kerns, 72, of Elyria, passed away Saturday, December 22, 2007 at his residence following a lengthy illness. He was born in Elkins, West Virginia on January 20, 1935 and had resided in Elyria for many years.
He founded the Independent Plant Co. in Maryland and operated a similar business in Elyria for many years as a wholesale plant salesman.
Mr. Kerns was a US Army Veteran having served in the Korean Conflict. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, caring for his dogs and spending time with his family, especially with his late wife of 50 years, Edith, who passed away in October.
Survivors include his grandson, Ken “Kenny Joe” Gordon of Lorain; granddaughter, Tania Marcono of Lorain; four great-grandchildren; nine great great-grandchildren; nephews, Paul Snyder of Florida, Chuck Snyder of Maryland, Eddie Snyder and Joey; niece, Marcie O’Reilly; his uncle, Arden Swiger and step-sons, Gerald Gordon of Collins and Kenneth Gordon of Pennsylvania.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith (nee Jordan); sister, Inez “Mae” O’Brien; his step-son, Rev. James Gordon and his parents, Charles and Clara (nee Swiger) Kerns.
Friends may call Wednesday, December 26, 2007 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. at Wyers Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Rd., Sheffield Township where services will be held Thursday, December 27, 2007 at 11 A.M. The Reverend Chuck Keessee, Pastor of Midway Baptist Church in Elyria, will officiate.
Burial to follow in North Murray Ridge Cemetery, Elyria. Military Honors will be conducted by the Disabled American Veterans, Post 20, of Lorain.