GREELEY – The Reverend Father Lawrence Kern died Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at Kenton Manor. He was born in Fort Collins on Aug 23, 1930, to Harold R. and Ida (Spurlock) Kern, and attended schools in Laporte and Eaton. He graduated from the Colorado State College of Education in Greeley in 1953, and attended classes at CSU as well as the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, Calif. Before entering the seminary, Lawrence taught High School English in Kansas and Wyoming.
He was ordained to the priesthood Dec. 21, 1960, by the Right Reverend Joseph S. Minnis, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado. He served churches in Clearfield, Utah; Leadville; Estes Park; Redvale and Ouray. He was pastor at St. Gabriel’s in Greeley at the time of his death. Father celebrated the Office of Holy Baptism on many occasions. He had 100 baptisms in 2009 and 210 in 2010.
Father Kern was interested in archaeology, traveling extensively in the Southwest and in Mexico. His interest in genealogy resulted in the editing of two books, Ouray County Cemeteries and Dolores County Cemeteries.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Betty (Lois Elizabeth) Watson Alvarez and grandnephew James Sharp. Survivors include his sister, Barbara Tuttle of Fort Collins; five nieces, Vera Selland (Terry) of Loveland, Rebecca (Argus) Markle of Arkansas, Mary Beth (Bill) Akers of Arkansas, Charlette (James) McCollister of California and Kathleen Tuttle (Greg Golovanoff) of Idaho, and a step nephew, Greg Alvarez (Mary) of CA; great nephews and nieces (Diana Eliason, Mike Sharp, Gayle Sharp; Charles, Jeff, Dwight, Vince, Dana (Jenkins), Jason and Jeanette (Murchinson) Markle; Terri and Lance Akers; Mike and Kim Kinzer; Cassandra (Jeff) Slota, Teresa (Kevin) Roseman.