Don was born March 14th, 1938 in Rolfe, to Fred and Gertie (Peterson) Kerns. He was baptized on April 17th, 1938 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rolfe. He renewed his baptism by the rite of Confirmation on June 1st, 1952 at Grace Lutheran in Marathon. He received his education and graduated from High School in 1956 at Marathon.
Don married Barbara Ann Hanson on Dec 27th, 1959 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta. This union was blessed with two children, Debra and Jason.
Don was a farmer. He worked for several years for the Farm Service Co. of IA, but his gifted knowledge and love of cars led him to his true calling: that of an "honest and dependable" car salesman. He worked for many years for Fitzpatrick's Chevrolet and Buick out of Storm Lake. After leaving Iowa and moving to Lakeview, Ark. in 1992, Don continued to work as a car salesman. At one time, he owned and operated his own used car lot and car wash in Bull Shoals, Ark. When his health began to fail in '02, he retired and moved to Mountain Home. He enjoyed fishing, watching professional football and the computer. He especially cherished time spent with his family and treasured friends. He was a faithful and devoted member of his church, Holy Cross Lutheran.
Don is survived by his wife, Barbara, his daughter, Debra and her husband Kurt Blum of Fort Collins, Colo., and his son Jason and his wife Laurie Kerns of Henderson, Nev. Also left to morn his passing are his pride and joy, his seven grandchildren: Alex, Andrew, Adrianne and Austin Bloom and Katherine, Candace and Christopher Kerns. He leaves his brother, Jim and his wife Carol Kerns, of Springfield, Mo. and a sister-in-law, Virginia Kerns of Midway, Ark., several nieces and nephews, Kaye and Kyle, Jon, Paul, Michelle and Jennifer, Steve, Scott, Rachel, Todd, Trent, Tory and Tasha. His joyful disposition, good humor and infectious smile will be missed by his family and many friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Fred and Gertie Kerns and his brother, Bill.
Arrangements are by Kirby & Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at www.kirbyandfamily.com.