In Memory of

John O. Kerns

April 5, 1938 - July 29, 2022
From: Rockwell City, IA

Rockwell City – John O. Kerns 84, of Rockwell City, formerly of Lohrville, passed away Friday, July 29, 2022 at Trinity Regional Medical Center, Fort Dodge.  Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 5, 2022 at the Palmer & Swank Funeral Home, Rockwell City, with Pastor Dillon Brandt officiating.  Visitation and viewing will be 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at the funeral home with a Masonic Service at 7:00 p.m.  Burial will be at Rosehill Cemetery, Rockwell City at a later date.  Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.

     Survivors include Linda Olesen of Rockwell City; daughters, Kerri (Earl) McAlexander of Rockwell City, and Kristen (Whit) Wheeler of Arlington, VA; grandchildren, Brittany (Daniel) Hemesath of State Center, Jacob Wheeler of Arlington, VA, and Sarah Wheeler of Washington, DC; brother Gerald “Kelly” Kerns of Phoenix, AZ; sister Dorothy Burley of Glendale, AZ; his beloved dog Dusty; and other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Rockell “Kelly” and Doris (Good) Kerns; sister-in-law Mary Jo Kerns; brother-in-law Bob Burley; grandson Jacy McAlexander; and his beloved dog Harley.

     John Orin Kerns was born April 5, 1938 at Rockwell City, Iowa.  He graduated from Lohrville High School, with the Class of 1957.  John graduated from Iowa Barber College.  Following his education, he moved back to Lohrville where he worked at Lohrville International Harvester with his father.  John served in the National Guard Reserve.  On June 7, 1959 was united in marriage to Sonia “Toni” Mapes and the couple later divorced.  In 1963, John farmed in the Lohrville area until his passing.  He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Lohrville, Masonic Nekoda Lodge #597, Lohrville School Board, and the Lake City Country Club.

     John loved riding his Harley, golfing, driving his convertible, deer hunting, and fishing trips to Colorado with family. He was also an avid Iowa State Fan and loved Saturday tailgating with family and friends.

Funeral Services
2:00 p.m. Friday
August 5, 2022
Palmer & Swank Funeral Home
Rockwell City, Iowa
*The Service will be live streamed on the
Palmer & Swank FaceBook Page.
Pastor Dillon Brandt
Honorary Casket Bearers
Ed Irwin
Larry Irwin
Greg Hucka
Steve Meyer
Kriss Lightner
Eugene Morris
Rocky Kerns
Jeremy Kerns
Justin Kerns
Joey Kerns
Daniel Hemesath
4:00 to 7:00 p.m. - Thursday
August 4, 2022
Palmer & Swank Funeral Home
Masonic Sevice - 7:00 p.m.


Friday, March 10, 2023 at 8:34 PM
“What a sweetheart. I always enjoyed our visits. Such a kind, positive and friendly lady. Thinking of you all.”
- Jodi Frank

Sunday, August 7, 2022 at 10:35 PM
“Our Deepest Condolences To John's Family. He was a true friend of my parents, my Brother and my family.
R.I.P John
Jerry, Lirva & Jennifer Bean
- Jerry Bean460

Friday, August 5, 2022 at 9:23 AM
“Words cannot describe the amazing man our Uncle John was or how very deeply he'll be missed! Everyone who knew him, loved him. Condolences to Linda and all his family and friends. Now he's riding his Harley with his beloved Grandson, Jacy. Up in heaven.”
- Cindy Kerns

Monday, August 1, 2022 at 4:21 PM
“So sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was such a good neighbor to my Mom , Loretta Miller. From being there to keep her warm after her house fire to tolerating her curious kitty Roo visiting Dusty , John will definitely be missed. Rest In Peace. ”
- Tracy Wolff

Monday, August 1, 2022 at 11:40 AM
“My deepest sympathy to the Kerns family. I can always remember my dad and uncle (Ralph Holler). talking with John and how much they enjoyed coffee at the "Red Top", a lot of good stories were shared. ”
- Don Perry

Sunday, July 31, 2022 at 9:09 PM
“Sending our condolences to the family. We always had a great time rv camping in Arizona and playing golf together.”
- Larry Bickelhaupt

Sunday, July 31, 2022 at 4:41 PM
“We are sorry for tour losses this year!”
- Jon and Sara McAlexander

Sunday, July 31, 2022 at 4:11 PM
“We will all miss Uncle John and his wonderful smile. He was and always will be one of my favorite uncles. He bought me my first beer in a bar. Miss you!”
- Tim Kerns

Sunday, July 31, 2022 at 3:55 PM
“My uncle, my friend, my fishing partner. You will forever be missed and will always be remembered. With love always. Condolences to everyone who was blessed to have him in their lives. ”
- Joey Kerns

Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 5:29 PM
“My condolences to all of you. When I use to play golf I would enjoy a beer and conversation with John and his golf buddies. It was always good for a laugh or two.

My prayers go out to you. ”
- Becki Remsburg

Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 4:30 PM
“So sorry to hear of John’s passing. He and my Dad were great friends. My prayers and sympathy to his family.”
- Sandy King

Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 12:43 PM
“Our sympathy to all family so sorry Brittany. Grandma and Grandpa Hemesath”
- Fran hemesath

Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 11:13 AM
“My condolences to John’s family. ”
- Vickie Toms

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