Beloved Liberty Twp, Butler County official dies while the legacy lives on

One of his three daughters, Frances Kern Mennone, told Journal-News that their father’s decades of public popularity he served was largely due to his unwavering honesty.

“Dad was such a straight shooter. If you wanted to know what Dad was thinking, just ask him, ”Mennone said.

His public service and personal contributions were diverse, starting out early as a volunteer firefighter in the 1950s when he also helped run his family’s nursery business.

Kern, former chairman of the Butler County Republican Party and 32-year veteran of the Liberty Twp. Trustees – for two 16-year periods – was a generous politician, said those who worked with him, citing his heritage of volunteering and genuine love for people.

And the U.S. Army veteran passionate about parks and other green spaces did things in many ways that will live on.

“Dave Kern has been a highly respected small business owner and trustee of Liberty Township for 32 years. His passion and commitment to the residents and businesses of Liberty Twp. is legendary, ”said Joe Hinson, President and CEO of the West Chester Liberty Chamber Alliance.

The ongoing recognition of the congregation as one of the most dynamically growing congregations in Ohio would not have been possible for decades without Kern’s leadership contributions, said Liberty Twp. Trustee Tom Farrell, who was on the Board of Directors with Kern when he stepped down in 2016.

“Without him, there is no way we are where we are now. He gave decades of his service while never asking for anything in return. He was one of the nicest and most selfless gentlemen I have ever known, ”he said.

“He was dedicated to his family and the community and will always have a special place in my heart as a mentor,” said Farrell, who served on Kern’s board of directors and finally retired from politics in 2016.

Liberty Township’s ongoing recognition as one of the most dynamically growing communities in Ohio would not have been possible for decades without Kern’s leadership contributions, Farrell said.

“Without him, there is no way we are where we are now. He gave decades of his service without asking for anything in return. He was one of the nicest and most selfless gentlemen I have ever known, ”he said.

A family statement reads: “He loved hunting and fishing and cast a legendary shadow on his boat sitting in the blue waters off the shores of Neahtawanta, Michigan. He never met a stranger and enjoyed a good conversation. He loved our country and was working on the election on election day. “

Kern is survived by his wife Katy and their four children Adelaide Leitzel (Lance), David Kern (Dorian), Frances Kern Mennone and Thekla Kern Gordon, his sister Lisbeth Kern and eleven grandchildren.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held on Saturday, April 24th at 10 a.m. at the Core Family Farm, 6099 Millikin Road, Liberty Twp. Services are held outdoors and in tents, and a celebration of David’s life follows. The private funeral will take place in Spring Grove.

The family asked to consider donating to the Liberty Township Parks Fund (c / o Liberty Township, 5021 Winners Circle, Liberty Township, OH 45011) instead of flowers. The West Chester / Liberty Community Foundation has also placed a link on their memorial website for the Parks Fund in Memory of Kern.

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