Services set for Maurice Lynn Kerns, 78, of Mabel

There will be a memorial service for Maurice Lynn Kerns of rural Mabel, at the Burr Oak Methodist Church on Sunday, Oct. 7, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., with a prayer service at 3:00.

Kerns, a longtime rural Mabel resident and local businessman, died Thursday, Aug 9, at the age of 78, at the New Hampton, Iowa, Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born Feb. 20, 1940, to Richard and Doris (Booth) Kerns, the oldest of three children.

Following his graduation, he married Diana Dotzenrod, during which time they had three sons. They were later divorced.

He then married Pauline Blaess Tangen, sharing their common interests and enjoying time together until her untimely death.

He then married Beverly Rhodes, but they were later divorced.

He is survived by his sons, Brad (Barb) Kerns and Devry (Tina) Kerns and daughter-in-law Lorie Kerns, all of Canton; grandchildren, Cassie Olson (Brandon Nord) and children Jackson and Alyvia of Mabel; Jordan (Katie) Kerns and children Taelynn and Taylor of Preston; Kayla (Nick) Nichols and children Rylin and Ryker of Canton; Alix (Travis) Nichols and children Brant and Joey of Mabel; Kaysie Kerns of Canton; Dustin Kerns (Taylor Adkins) of Canton; and Brenden Kerns (Savannah Slafter), also of Canton; sister Trudy (Milo) Mathison; sister-in-law Mara Kerns; and many nieces and nephews and their families. Also surviving are step-sons, Randy (Lisa) Tangen and Jeff Tangen, step-daughter-in-law Jo Ann Tangen and families.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard (Dick) and Doris Kerns; his brother, Shelby Kerns; his son, Brian Kerns; his second wife, Pauline Kerns; and step-son, Gary Tangen.