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Thomas C. Kern July 25, 1943 - April 29, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Thomas C. Kern, 70, of Oklahoma City, OK, passed away April 29, 2014. He was born July 25th, 1943 to Clarence and Ardella Kern and grew up in Stewart, MN. Upon graduating high school he enlisted in the Navy, serving two tours: 1961-1965, and 1972-1989. He served as part of the EA-3B Sky Warrior flight crew, VQ-2 squadron, Atlantic Fleet Air Reconnaissance. After retiring from the Navy, he enjoyed a successful career in insurance and auto sales. He is survived by his brother, Terry Kern of Gibbon, MN; wife, Norma Kern of Oxnard, CA; his son, Thomas C. Kern, Jr. of Colorado Springs, CO; and his daughters, Rebecca Laprarie of Oklahoma City, OK, Kathleen Gustas of Oklahoma City, OK, and Jennifer Cooksey of Oklahoma City, OK. Also surviving are daughter-in-law, Lucia Kern, sons-in-law, Michael Laprarie, Brian Gustas, and Coy Cooksey, and grandchildren, Maya Kern, Margaret Laprarie, Andrew Laprarie, Grace Laprarie, Gregory Gustas, Ashton Cooksey, and Koby Cooksey. Memorial service will be held Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 2:00 PM at Smith and Kernke Funeral Home, 14624 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK.

Published in The Oklahoman on May 2, 2014
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