Marvin Kern

Marvin Kern, a lifetime resident of Hardin, Montana, passed away peacefully in Spokane, Washington with his family on January 4th, 2019. 

He was born on May 29th, 1936 to Jake and Lydia Kern. The love of his life, Mary Kern, proceeded him in death. They raised cattle and farmed outside of St. Xavier on Mary’s family ranch for a few years before moving into Hardin. Marvin worked with Campbell Farming Corporation for 30 years; most of that time he managed Bighorn Fertilizer Company. Marvin knew most of the people in Hardin and had many friends. He had known his best friend, Bernard Crump, since grade school. At least once a month, Marvin, Mary, Bernard and Dorothy (Dot) would play pinochle. Marvin enjoyed his morning coffee get-togethers with his friends at various establishments in Hardin, loved fishing the Bighorn, and spending time below the Afterbay reeling in big browns and rainbows.

His grandkids fondest memories are his visits to Washington in which he usually bought big bags of M&M’s. In the last few years, he was able to enjoy playing ball with his great grandkids.

Marvin was proceeded in death by three brothers; Henry (Jesse), Lawrence (Roberta) and Robert Kern (Gloria); sister Diane Uffelman (Wayne); step-mom Paulie Kern; step-brother Harley Klein (Janet). 

Marvin was survived by two brothers; Donald Kern (Ginger) and Harvey Kern (Helen); sister Darlene Keller (Eddy); step-sisters Pattie Klein and Connie Enzminger; sons Ronald Kern (Barbara), Thomas Kern (Darlene), Michael Celk and Marvin James Celk; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Leave a Reply