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Ricky Eugene Kern

1955 - 2019 Obituary Condolences
Ricky Eugene Kern Obituary
Rick Kern, former longtime Durango resident made his journey to life with Jesus on December 27, 2018, in Casa Grande, Arizona. Rick was born in Meridian, Idaho on January 30, 1955 and moved to Durango with his family in 1969. He attended Durango High School where he played three years of baseball and football, and earned a football scholarship to Fort Lewis College. At Fort Lewis Rick enjoyed playing football as a kicker and receiver. He began working part time at Hillcrest Golf Club during his Junior year. Graduating in 1977 with a BA in Business Administration, Rick continued working at Hillcrest becoming Superintendent. He spent the next 32 years managing the golf course and winter X-Country ski track, with a strong desire to maintain the best possible experience for golfers and skiers.

Rick loved coaching his children and their friends in Little League Baseball, was an avid golfer and sportsman, and enjoyed fall hunting trips with his sons. He also enjoyed following children's athletic events which kept the family busy year-round. Biking was another passion of Rick's, and a highlight was riding in three Durango-Silverton Races. Rick and Susie became motorcycle enthusiasts, and traveled extensively. They began a new chapter in the fall of 2016 when they sold their home, bought an RV, and spent the next two years visiting their children and grandchildren, friends, and seeing the country.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents Dwight and Carol Kern, of Nampa, Idaho. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Susie; children Jennifer Kern and Jered Kern, Eugene, Oregon, Jeffery Kern, Grapevine, Texas, Lori Moore, Littleton, CO, Tom Stacy, Denver, CO and Douglas Tatum, Brandywine, MD; grandchildren Ryley and Ashlyn Bainter, Braden,Tayci and Kayti Moore, Jamisyn and Josie Stacy, and David and Ellie Tatum. He is also survived by brothers Randy Kern, Idaho Falls, Rob Kern, Meridian, Idaho, and sister Rene Homer, Nampa, Idaho.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hillcrest Jr. Golf Foundation in Rick's name.
Published in The Durango Herald on Jan. 7, 2019
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