Milo Kern, 103, of Minneota, died on Monday, July 1, 2019, at the Minneota Manor Healthcare Center in Minneota. Mass of Christian Burial for Milo will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3 at St. Edward Catholic Church.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Rehkamp Horvath Funeral Home in Minneota. Interment will follow the service at St. Edward Catholic Cemetery.
Military Rites provided by U.S. American Legion Post 199 of Minneota and VFW Post 5334 of Minneota and Taunton.
Milo John Kern was born on February 13, 1916, in Remsen, IA, to Ernest and Anna (Gaul) Kern. At age two, he moved with his family to a farm near Taunton. After completing his schooling, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Milo was assigned to a Destroyer.
He was the only survivor as this ship was sunk while Milo was off-board receiving medical care. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Taunton. On June 10, 1946, he was united in marriage to Loretta Schiller at St. Edward Catholic Church.
The couple were part owners and operators of a Café in Raymond, MN, for a time.
Most of Milo’s career was farming in the Minneota area. He and his family also did custom baling for many years and Milo drove school bus for 24 years. His Catholic Faith was very important to him.
He was baptized in Granville, IA, received first communion and was confirmed in St. Leo. Milo belonged to St. Edward for many years and served as an usher. He also enjoyed gardening, playing cards at the roundup and square dancing with the Jolly Mixers.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 199 of Minneota. Milo was passionate about his family and especially enjoyed time with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Loretta, of Minneota, children Barbara (and Ron) Stangeland of Brookings, SD, Michael (and Jean) of Taunton, Dennis (and Sherry) of Porter, Lynell (and Steve) Sunderland of Montevideo, Lorraine (and Dennis) Meulebroeck of Balaton, 12 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, sister Marie (and Stan) Gorecki of Hendricks, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ernest and Anna Kern; his step-mother Josephine; siblings Aloysius, Barbara, Arnold, Cyril, Leona, Ray, Virgil and Irene.