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BROOKSVILLE – Edward Bonfield (EB) Kern, Sr., completed his overland journey on September 16, 2021, surrounded by his family.

Son of Edward Francis and Anna Bonfield Kern, of Brooksville, he was born June 14, 1935.

He attended St. James’s School in Brooksville and married the late Mary Kathryn Pfeffer of Minerva on April 27, 1957. Together they built their lives and families around their Catholic faith in Brooksville.

He was the proud father of eight children: Linda Kern-Ford (Duke Ford), Cindy Mims (Steve), Lisa Kern-Yeary (Tim Yeary), Randy Kern (Caroline), John Tobis, the husband of his late daughter Cathy Jo, Eddie Kern (Martha), Angie Crawford (Bobby) and Amy Comer (Chuck) along with her brothers, Pat (Helen) Kern and Bobby (Hester) Kern, and sisters Julia Ann (late Carl) Orth and Mary (late Issac) Claypool and his brother-in-law, Charles “Buddy” (Carol) Pfeffer. He is also survived by 28 adored grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and his faithful dachshund companion, Penny.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his beloved wife, Mary Kathryn Pfeffer Kern; his daughter, Cathy Kern Tobis; his brother, Joseph Kern; and great-granddaughter, Thussy Waldner.

EB truly lived the American dream. He told his kids that he had $ 120 in his pocket when he and Mary Kathryn went on their honeymoon, and that it was the money they had to start their life together. Shortly after his marriage, he became part owner of a gas station in Brooksville. He went on to work for Sears and Robuck, drove a tractor-trailer for the Ford Motor Company, worked for General Electric and also as a production manager for the Rudy Faye Co. in Cincinnati. Years later he bought Kern’s Locker from his uncle, Howard Kern, and in 1992 he expanded his meat business by creating Kern Food Distributing, Inc. To complement his business, he bought Webber Farm Sausage in 2007.

EB was a staunch member of St. Patrick’s Church in Maysville, and a past member of St. James in Brooksville. He was a strong supporter and supporter of Catholic education.

EB was an exceptional person because he was witty, loyal, kind and generous. He loved the polka, telling a good joke, collecting vintage cars, and especially a good whiskey sour.

Above all, EB loved his family.

The Christian Burial Mass will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday at St. Patrick’s Church. The bearers will be: Adam Yeary, Daniel Yeary, Christopher Kern, Nicholas Tobis, Thomas Tobis, Patton Kern, Joseph Comer, Grant Crawford and Austin Crawford.

Visitations will be 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Moore and Parker Funeral Home in Brooksville and 10 a.m. Tuesday until funeral services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made at St. Patrick’s School or St. Patrick’s Church. Condolences can be sent to

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