of Murdo, South Dakota, died on Thursday, July 5, 2018
at Avera St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre at the age of 62
Michael "Mike" Ward Kerns was born on December 17, 1955 to Daryl "Pete" and Linda (Dittman) Kerns in Kadoka, South Dakota. He was the first of nine children.
Mike spent his childhood days playing, fishing, riding bicycles, and swimming with his siblings and other neighborhood children. He attended school at Murdo elementary school and graduated from Murdo High School in 1974. After high school, Mike attended Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota, on a football scholarship. He played football for four years and was a part of the 1976 undefeated football team that was inducted into the DSU Hall of Fame.
While attending DSU, Mike met Joan Putzier. They were united in marriage on August 9, 1979 and to this union came three daughters: Carmen Jo, Krista Kay, and Kelsey Sue. They moved to Philip where Joan taught school and Mike worked carpentry jobs, refereed, and ran his D.J. business, “MJK”. Mike was an avid bowler and played on the local softball team. In 1985, they moved to Mission, and in 1989 moved to Murdo. While in Murdo, Mike ran the family business with his parents.
In 2000, Mike met his special friend, Sheila Menning. To this relationship a son, Jayden Gene, was born. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing pool. Mike was an entertainer to many. He always had jokes and stories to tell and he loved to play music and sing karaoke.
Survivors include a special companion Sheila Menning of Murdo; three daughters: Carmen Kerns of Sioux Falls, Krista Kerns (Clyle Badger) of Pierre, and Kelsey Kerns of Mitchell; three grandchildren: Slade Badger, Remi Badger (Krista and Clyle), and Jasa Morris (Carmen); his mother Linda Kerns of Murdo; seven siblings Kim (Lori) Kerns of Black Hawk, Brenda (Kerns) Polk of Huntsville, AL, Michele (Jim) McNeely of Murdo, Connie (Kelly) Kralicek of Dickenson, ND, Lori (Kerns) Nielson of Murdo, Bart Kerns of Murdo, and John (Carrie) Kerns of Mesa, AZ; many cousins, nieces, and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Michael was preceded in death by one son Jayden Gene Kerns; his father Daryl "Pete" Kerns; and a brother Steve Kerns.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. CDT on Saturday, July 14, at the United Methodist Church in Murdo with Pastor Mark Phillips officiating.
Interment will be at the Murdo Cemetery.
Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 10:30 a.m. CDT
United Methodist Church
Murdo, South Dakota
Pastor Mark Phillips
Murdo, South Dakota
My thoughts and prayers are with the Kerns family.
~ Jeff Stilwell
Mastic Beach, New York (7/9/2018)
Our hearts go out to you Linda and all of your wonderful family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers .
~ Mike & Dawn Cromwell
Butternut, Wisconsin (7/8/2018)
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
~ Jeff and Emily Sanderson
10492 Wimbledon Ct., Eden Prairie, MN 55347 (7/10/2018)
We are so sorry to hear about Mike. He was truly one-of-a kind. Hugs and prayers for God's strength for the entire Kerns family.
~ Terri Gunderson & Ron Hoeltzner
Platte, SD (7/12/2018)
Thinking of the Kerns family at this time and sending prayers.
~ Linda Stilwell
Kadoka. SD (7/9/2018)
Prayers to the Kerns family. I am so sorry for your loss.
~ Spring Sims
Black Hawk, SD (7/7/2018)
Prayers and condolences to Mike’s family.
~ Delmar and Charlene Arrow
White River, SD (7/7/2018)
Deepest sympathy to the whole Kerns family.
~ Kim Weingartner
Thoughts and Prayers to the Kerns family. Mike was one of a kind! So sorry for your loss.
~ Randy and Jan Wilson
Crooks, SD (7/9/2018)
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I went to college with Mike. He was good at everything! Pool, Football, basketball and on and on. I was sorry to read his obituary, he was a good teammate.
~ Bill Hurley
Gilbert, AZ (1/3/2019)
My love and prayers to all the Kerns family. May you all cherish the memories
~ Joan Kirchhevel
Sheila, my heart hurts for you. Sending love and prayers ❤️
~ Debbie Prouty
Philip, SD (7/6/2018)
To The Kerns Family: So saddened to hear about the passing of Mike. Sending my sympathy and prayers to the Kerns family. Mike will always be remembered by so many and all the memories of him. RIP Mike Norma Jean Iverson- Huhn
~ NORMA JEAN IVERSON HUHN
WAUSAU, WISCONSIN (7/7/2018)
So sorry to learn of Mike's passing. You have our deepest sympathy Linda. We will be keeping you and all the rest of Mike,s family in our thoughts and prayers.
~ Lloyd & Rosi Royer
Waukee Iowa (7/6/2018)
Linda, our sympathy to the whole Kerns family.
~ Lyle & Lynn Reynolds
Gold Canyon, Arizona (7/8/2018)
We are saddened to hear of Mike's passing. Our thoughts and prayers to the family. God Bless.
~ Ralph & Cathy Fiedler
Sturgis SD (7/7/2018)
We are saddened to hear this news. We will be keeping the Kerns Family in our thoughts and prayers.
~ Mike and Shar Moses
Philip, SD. (7/7/2018)
Tim and Pam Larsen
Mark and Jill Neisius
Randy and Jan Wilson
Jim and Monica Honkamp
Gary and Jane Davis
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