Sam Kern 1938-2021

Sam Kern 1938-2021

Roy “Sam” Kern, 83, of Topeka, passed away Saturday, April 10, 2021.

He was born March 29, 1938, in Denison, the son of Cecil and Lottie (Hosler) Kern. He graduated from Denison High School.

Sam liked to party. He loved to drink beer, especially Busch and Pabst Blue Ribbon. “Just one more.” You could find him outside, whether it was hunting, fishing, cutting wood or working cattle on his 20 acres. He was a simple man and enjoyed the small things in life. You could always catch him with a smile on his face and expect to hear a joke or two.

He spent most of his life as a bricklayer for Roy Kern Masonry, which he owned. After his retirement, he went to work at the Kansas Juvenile Center, back then known as YCAT.

He served in the U.S. Army National Guard as a sharpshooter up until his honorable discharge as a sergeant.

He was an avid KU basketball fan and St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Sam married C.M. Kern. They later divorced.

Survivors include his daughters, Lori (David) Shaw and Trudi (Jeff) Henry; sisters, Lee Collin and June Ducello; brother, Merle “Ted” (Carolyn) Kern; grandchildren, Shelby Shaw, Chase Shaw, Ty Henry and Tre Henry; and sisters-in-law, Wilma Kern and Betty Kern. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Barbara Jean; siblings, Don Kern, Thelma (Don) Whitesell and Bob Kern; and brother-in-law, Harry Ducello.

A celebration of his life was held April 12 at Parker-Price Reception Center, 1940 N.W. Central Ave., Topeka, KS 66608.

In lieu of flowers, drink a beer. 

To leave a message for his family online, please visit


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109 W. Fourth St.
Holton, KS 66436
Phone: 785-364-3141

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