Lowell Francis Kern Sr., age 78, of Belfield, ND, passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at Sanford Health Center, Bismarck, after a struggle with COPD and kidney failure. He was surrounded by his loving family.
Funeral services will be held 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2019, at the Nekoma Lutheran Church in Nekoma. A burial service will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the Hannah Cemetery, Hannah.
Lowell was born December 16, 1940, in Langdon, the son of Olive (Hodgins) Kern and Raymond Francis Kern of Hannah. He was a truck driver and mechanic by trade. He was also a maintenance manager at the now shuttered Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard ABM Complex near Nekoma. He loved to work on vehicles of all kinds and was self-employed, owning shops in Nekoma and Medora. People would hang around his shop, and he would always take the time to keep their automobiles, snowmobiles, motorcycles, and farm equipment in running order. He served in the U.S. Army during the US Military response to the 1960-1962 Berlin Crisis of the Cold War. He was well-liked by the community. He was known to make people laugh and smile with his sense of humor. He always had a love for dogs and would bring his “babies” anywhere he went. He loved them just as much as his family- especially his most recent Bella and his late dog, Sunny. They enjoyed many adventures together. He married Marvel (Royer) Kern May 17, 1964, at Nekoma. Following their marriage, they lived in Nekoma.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marvel (Royer) Kern, his parents, grandparents, and his aunt, Verna Magnusson, which he was very close with.
He is survived by his sons: Keven (Marites) of Harvest, AL, Raymond (Debbie) of Grand Forks, Lowell Kern Jr. of Belfield; daughter Machelle (Scott) of Christine; 16 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He was particularly close to his grandchild, Melissa (Kern) Sundstrom, of Abercrombie and called her Smokey.
Lowell’s siblings that preceded him in death include Karen Haraseth of Langdon, Greg Ryan of Mesa, Ariz., Brent Ryan of Mesa, Ariz., and Paulette Davidson of Great Falls, Mont. Surviving s iblings include Rick Kern of Kent, Wash., LaRae Hildonen of Anchorage, AK, ReNae Steinke of Wales, Rodney Ryan of Eureka Springs, Ariz. and Claudia Miska of Middleton, Wis.
Lowell is survived by his second wife and best friend, Robbie (Nielsen) Kern. They met January 7, 1995, and started dating March 24th that same year. He became a step-dad to Robbie’s three children. He introduced Robbie and her children to vehicle auctions in Mandan and Minot. This was one of his passions – to buy vehicles, fix them up and resell.
Because of the harsh winter of 1996 and spring of 1997, he, Robbie and the children decided to move South and ended up in Belfield. After arriving in Belfield he was contacted for a job hauling rocks for the reservoir at Devils Lake. That winter he started working at NAPA Trucking driving semi-truck five days a week to Billings, Mont. and back to Belfield.
He and Robbie married January 28th, 2003, in Las Vegas, Nev. They decided it was time to move further south so they lived in Deadwood, SD, in 2005 and moved back to Belfield in 2006. He and Robbie enjoyed each other’s company, gambling and their pets.
He loved his family and friends. He told so many wonderful stories and jokes. He is sadly missed by all. He is survived by his loving wife Robbie, his loyal pet companion Bella, step-children Tara Kasper (Pat), Sadye, Bode Coye – Aaron Reddish (Jenna) – Aram, Gage, Dewey – Cameron Reddish (Sarah) – Brooks Lian.