Beatrice J. Kern
April 4, 1933 - July 6, 2020
Beatrice June Kern of Osage City, KS, passed away at 87 on Monday, July 6, 2020, in her home. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.
June is survived by her husband, Larry “Buck” Kern; daughter, Vickie Mendez of Lyndon; son, Wally Roll (Lisa) of Kansas City; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Bob Campbell; sister, Shirley Hernandez, the spouses of her deceased children, as well as four additional children, 12 additional grandchildren, and eight additional great-grandchildren through her union with Larry. She was preceded in death by her first husband, William “Bill” Roll; her son, William “Denny” Roll; daughter, Cathy Hall; and sisters, Virginia Collins, Dorothy Miller, and Barabra Forest.
June, the oldest of six kids, was born on April 4, 1933, to William Franklin Campbell and Bernice Louise Richardson in Kansas City, MO. Shortly after the Korean War, she married William Roll, to whom she was married for nearly 40 years and bore four children. They spent most of their lives together in Kansas City, KS, until they retired to Lyndon, KS. During this time, it was a tradition for the kids and grandkids to visit Bill and June on the weekends, where the entire family would enjoy elaborate breakfasts and dinners together and outdoor games. While the kids and grandkids played, William and June would look on with great pride at the beautiful family they had raised. In 1993, William passed away at the age of 62. Several years later, June would be fortunate to find love again when she meets Larry Kern, and in 2000 the two were wed. They would go on to have 20 beautiful years together. The couple spent their beginning years in Vassar, KS. During their time together, the couple would travel with their dogs until they finally settled in Osage City, KS. Larry was by June’s side until she breathed her last breath.
To say June lived a full and splendid life brimming with faith, love, and family would be an understatement. Those closest to June would say she loved her family above all else. They would also speak of her innocent sense of humor (even though sometimes she would say something to make everyone’s mouths drop), her infectious smile, and her hearty laugh that would turn into a breathy wheeze when something really tickled her. She was a person who was easy to talk to, whether it was sitting on the porch swing enjoying the warm summer breeze or over a phone call. Her home was not just open to her kids and grandkids but also their friends. If you found yourself at her home, she would always have some sort of treat whether it was miniature candy bars, peppermints, or some other snack. During family gatherings and holidays, she would be the force everyone surrounded because she was such a character to be around.
There will be a small service on Saturday, July 18, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at First Baptist Church, 129 15th St., Lyndon, KS, 66451. In lieu of flowers, her family requests that you make donations to Midland Hospice Care. You may visit the following link to make a donation and see how your generosity can benefit other families in need: https://www.midlandcareconnection.org/get-involved/support-our-work/waystogive/donate-online/.