Richard A. Kerns

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.



  • Aimee Ketcham Posted April 11, 2023 11:09 am

    We love all of you and are so sorry for your loss! ❤️🙏

  • John RitcheyJERICH1@MSN Posted April 12, 2023 3:01 pm

    My condolences, he was a friend , fellow golfer and believer.

  • Matt Ramsey Posted April 12, 2023 4:53 pm

    God bless Dick Kerns and let the celebration in heaven begin. He was a good one!

  • Carrol Burrell Posted April 13, 2023 7:43 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I am happy for Dick as he is totally healed and praising Jesus. Lots of wonderful memories of your family at Calvary Lutheran Church. Love you all!

  • Bill and Stephanie Kauffman Posted April 13, 2023 8:59 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. I was fortunate to have played a lot of golf with Dick and we went on some memorable trips overseas with he and Ireta. One such trip was to Australia right after Nebraska’s football team had won the National Championship. We all wore our Big Red shirts at the opening reception. What a great time with great friends. We’ll miss you Dick.

  • Lance & Glenda Bingley Posted April 19, 2023 1:58 pm

    So many fragrant memories of our togetherness at wonderful Bible conferences in Arizona and Tennessee, golfing foursomes over the years, and Dicks love of the precious Word evidenced in his faithful eager attendance at Believers Bible church. In these last times together our conversations always centered around the glorious soon seeing our Savior, eternally worshipping Him. Love and prayers to his dear ones, missing him. Pastor Lance & Glenda

  • Glenda Bingley Posted April 19, 2023 2:08 pm

    So many fragrant memories of our togetherness attending Bible Conferences, fun golfing foursome days, and fellowshipping. In our local assembly growing in the grace and knowledge of our Savior, in whose presence Dick is now in great rejoicing. Soon to join him there!! Our love to all the family! Pastor Lance & Glenda.

  • Clois Ralph Smith Posted May 6, 2023 9:19 am

    Our love and prayers continue with the family as they grieve in faith for their beloved Dick. His influence continues a steady, Christian witness through his son, Steve, who is a best friend and wonderful follower of Christ alongside his sweet family.

  • Allan & Marilyn Duey Posted June 14, 2023 6:52 am

    God still gives us time to heal. Marilyn thinks of you as her closest and dearest friend all through school and enjoyed Dick so much. We love you and send our thoughts and prayers.

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