Robert Edward Kern Jr., (aka "Bob or "Stitch") passed away peacefully on June 3, 2022 while undoubtedly dreaming about his next inappropriate and probably sarcastic comment.
Bob was born in Pittsburg, KS to Robert Edward Kern Sr. (deceased) and Patsy A. Kern on October 3, 1963, another day that will live in infamy.
Bob is survived by his mother, Patsy A. Kern of Royse City, and by his two sons, Jordan Christopher Kern (24) of Whimberley, TX, Patrick Edward Kern (19) of Rockwall, TX and their mother, Lorna Kern Grove of Rockwall, TX.
He attended Frontenac High School and was somehow able to get accepted int Pittsburg State University where he majored in Computer Science and double minored in Mathematics and History. During his high school and college years he worked at a multitude of restaurants (either he couldn't keep a steady job or the owners grew tired of him quickly) and this is where his foundational love of cooking began. As a self-proclaimed chef he loved to try new recipes and dishes on his family and friends, which all endured in silence with our hidden bottles of Pepto Bismol.
For most of his life he was definitely a "cat person" (which explains a lot), but in his older years he matured into a dog lover. He regaled himself as a golfer, although he rarely played by the rules. His favorite saying was "losing a ball is penalty enough, I'm not adding a stroke to my score!". Bob was a father, son and husband and a very good friend to many.
Those that knew him loved his exceptionally quick wit, sarcasm and his general outlook on life. Once you were his friend, you were his friend for life, no exceptions.
Here are a couple of his social media posts that help us remember why we loved him for who he was: March 25, 2020 "I've been practicing social distancing for decades. It's called "being an @sshole". September 13, 2019 " Mathematics for Life. Being "average" puts you as close to the bottom as it does the top. So does being "mean". Strive not to be average or mean." September 8, 2019 "We only have so many sunrises left in our lives. Spend them wisely."
Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 11, 2020 at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1801 W. Plano Pkwy, Plano, TX 75076, followed by a private temporary internment on June 23, 2022 at Rockwall Memorial, then permeant internment back home in Kansas at a later date to be determined by the family. In lieu of flowers the family ask for donations to be sent in his name to Messiah Lutheran Church.