Gregory Lynn Kern

By The Mercury

Gregory “Greg” Lynn Kern, 61, of rural Maple Hill, died Friday, September 27, at his home.

He was born Dec. 6, 1951 in Smith Center, the son of Lawrence E. and Gertrude E. (Myers) Kern. He grew up in Smith Center graduating from Smith Center High School in 1970. After high school, Greg attended Kansas State University receiving a degree in mechanical engineering. On Feb. 7, 1987 in Naperville, Ill. he was united in marriage to Lori Ann Calzavara. She survives of the home.

After college, Greg worked 25 years at Commonwealth Edison in Chicago. He then worked three years at Phillips Getchow as the vice president of operations. His last employer was Day & Zimmermann, first as director of operations and later as the vice president of operations. In December of 2011 he retired and moved to the Wamego area to be closer to family. Greg was an avid golfer and singer. He enjoyed singing with his siblings in the family quartet. Among many other hobbies were riding motorcycles, working on his farm and re-habilitating houses. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Wamego.

Greg is also survived by his two sons, Cody Calzavara of Round Lake Beach, Ill., and Joshua Kern and his wife Dorothy of Jerome, Idaho; two daughters, Shana Calzavara of Kenosha, Wis., and Rebecca Heckinger and her husband Phillip of Woodinville, Wash.; two brothers, Douglas Kern and his wife Carolyn of Denton, Texas and Bill Kern and his wife Vickie of Wamego; sister, Donna Tibbets and her husband Emmit of Berryton; five grandchildren, Drake, Brie, Evyn, Ruth and Amy and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services for Greg will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 4,. Burial will follow in the Wamego City Cemetery. Greg will lie in-state beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday where family will greet friends during a visitation from 6:00 p.m.  to 8:00 p.m. at the Stewart Funeral Home in Wamego. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence & Gertrude Kern Family Ag Scholarship Fund, in care of Kansas State University, 2323 Anderson Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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