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Terry M. "Pap" Kern

January 3, 1954 — July 24, 2019

Terry M. "Pap" Kern

Terry M. “Pap” Kern, 65, of Clarksburg, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at the Adena Regional Medical Center, Chillicothe. He was born on January 3, 1954 in Columbus, Ohio to Charles G. and Frances D. Kern. On April 10, 1976, Terry married the former Denise Martin who survives. He was happily married to the love of his life for 43 years.


Also surviving, are his two precious children; Jami (J.R.) Garrison and Jeff (Angela) Kern, his pride and joy - his two grandsons, Jarrett and Jace Garrison, two sisters, Sunny Helmick and Ginny (Don) Proehl, two brothers, Tim (Gail) Kern and Tom (Marilyn) Kern, mother-in-law, Pat Martin, sister-in-law, Debbie (Kevin) Roll, many nieces, nephews, and friends, the Garrison family on the compound, his work family at Horizon Chillicothe Telephone, and his dog Max. Terry was preceded by his parents, a brother; Charles Lawrence Kern, father-in-law; Jim Martin, brothers-in-law; Sam Martin and Harry Helmick.


Terry was a 1973 Columbus Central High School graduate. In January 2019, he retired from Horizon after 45 years of service. He loved Adena sports and all the boys that played them, the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Ross County Fair, shopping, trips to Amish Country, Smoky Mountains, and weekend traveling for baseball. He was lovingly referred to as “Pap” by his grandsons and many others. He loved spending time with his family and friends. All who knew Terry will never forget his stories, laughter, and “back it up, Terry!”


A funeral service for Terry will be held on Monday, July 29, 2019 at 1 p.m. in the Clarksburg United Methodist Church, Clarksburg. Friends and family can visit with the Kern family in the Clarksburg United Methodist Church, on Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Adena Athletic Boosters, c/o Dirk Foglesong, 3367 Co Rd 550, Frankfort, OH 45628, to help fund the new weight room.

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Past Services


Sunday, July 28, 2019

3:00 - 7:00 pm

Frankfort United Methodist Church

30 Church St, Frankfort, OH 45628

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Funeral Service

Monday, July 29, 2019

Starts at 1:00 pm

Clarksburg United Methodist Church

17264 High St, Clarksburg, OH 43115

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