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Robert Harold “Pat” Kerns

Robert Harold “Pat” Kerns, age 90 of Highlands, NC. passed away Tuesday, September 22, 2020.   He was born on June 26, 1930, in Los Angeles, CA, to the late Fayette Harold and Esther Naomi (nee Berliner) Kerns.

Pat was a US Air Force Korean War Veteran.  He received his Master’s degree from University of Southern California in 1960.  Pat worked in Labor Relations negotiating union contracts and retired from ITT in 1992.  He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed golf, skiing, hunting, and fishing,  He was also a sports car enthusiast and loved working out at the gym! 

He will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 33 years, Mary “Penny” (nee Fisher); children, Kristine (Dan) Thrush, David (Jen) Kerns; stepson, Robert (Annette) Herstek; brother, Richard (Bev) Kerns; grandchildren, Courtney (Nick), Austin, Logan, Payton, Thomas, and Samantha.

He was preceded in death by his parents and stepson, Jonathan Herstek.

A Celebration of Pat’s Life will be held at a future date.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Appalachian Funeral Services of Sylva, NC

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Our family is blessed to have known such a kind man. He will truly be missed.

Kim Druffel Sep 24 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert “Pat” Kerns

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