Richard A. Kerns
May 11, 1933 – April 9, 2023
VISITATION: Thursday, April 20th at 10:00 a.m. CELEBRATION OF LIFE with Military Honors: Thursday, April 20th at 11am at the West Center Chapel. Family burial: Flower Hill Cemetery.
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In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests donations in memory of Dick Kerns to the Omaha Open Door Mission, 2828 North 23rd Street East, Omaha, NE, 68108.
Richard “Dick” Arnold Kerns entered heaven on Easter Sunday morning, April 9, 2023. Born on May 11, 1933, in Broadwater, Nebraska, to John “Jack” and Hazel “Marie” Kerns, Dick grew up on a farm outside of Hebron, Nebraska, with his parents, two sisters, and two brothers. Dick married Ireta Marsh on May 17, 1953. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from 1952-1954.
Dick began his insurance career in 1959 with the Metropolitan Life. In 1961 he moved his family to Omaha to take a position in management with the Met. In the mid-1960’s he took an executive position with Guarantee Mutual Life Insurance Company. After a successful career and retirement at Guarantee Mutual, he continued to work and built a successful financial planning practice well into his seventies.
Dick was a loving, gracious, and giving husband, father and grandfather, a faithful friend, and devoted follower of Jesus. He loved the Lord and shared the Good News of Jesus when prompted by the Holy Spirit. He was an active leader and supporter of the Omaha Open Door Mission, where he served on the Mission Board for more than forty years. He was an active member and church leader at both Believers Bible Church and Grace Life Church in Omaha.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Evelyn Kutcher; brothers Delbert and Archie Kerns; daughter, Sally Kerns Hultman; and grandson, Jacob Nieto. Dick is survived by his beloved wife of almost seventy years, Ireta Marsh Kerns; son, Steve Kerns and wife, Becky; daughter, Julie Nieto and husband, Joe; son-in-law, Todd Hultman; sister, Gloria Kerns Lyons and husband Dennis; sisters-in-law, Lois Kerns and Mary Ann Kerns. In addition, he is survived by grandchildren: Marshall Kerns and wife, Dakota, Matthew Kerns and wife, Sarah, Jeff Nieto and wife, Samantha, Jenna, Jillian, and Jessica Nieto, and Lee Hultman and wife, Bri; great-grandchildren: Charlie, Katherine, and Scottie Kerns, and Rocco and Zahra Nieto.