CUMBERLAND — On May 1, 2013, my husband, best friend, and soul mate, David James Kerns Jr., passed over to a Heaven where he can breathe easy and endure no more suffering and pain. Watch over me Dave until we are together again. I love you so much.
Born Jan. 7, 1945, Dave was a tree climber by trade with Asplundh for 25 years. He also served his country in the Army for two years during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working on cars before he became ill.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents, David Kerns Sr. and Margaret Kerns; as well as two sisters, Donna Houldersheldt and twin sister, Dorothy Rohrbaugh.
Surviving besides his wife Shari are a special loving daughter, Cristal Kerns and fiancée Johnny Vanmeter of Cumberland; son David Kerns III; stepson, Jeremy Snyder and fiancée Kristen Bender of Cumberland; four grandchildren, Brittina Buser, Shelley Buser, Jordan Pennington, and Kaitlyn Pennington; one special great-grandchild, Ashlyn Lee; one special sister, Linda Stafford and husband John of Cumberland; one brother, Dennis Kerns of Oldtown; father and mother-in-law, Joe and Pat Brown, who loved Dave very much; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
I would like to thank, as Dave would say, “The Piper Boys” for all the kindness you showed to Dave over the years. I would also like to thank a very special neighbor Linda Beeman, who Dave cared for very much, and Rick Rader and companion Mary who called Dave every morning to tell Dave how much they loved him. Thank you to Fred Parker for your comforting prayers at Dave’s passing. Also, to the WMHS Hospice employees, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
At Dave’s request, he donated his body to the Maryland Anatomy Board and will be cremated.
A memorial service will be held at Oldtown Bethel Assembly of God Church on May 18, 2013 at 1 p.m.
Please send all condolences to Shari at 18775 E. Wilson Rd, SE, Oldtown, MD 21555.