Charles William ‘Charlie’ Kern, 71, of Hutchinson, passed away peacefully on November 20, 2017, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, of complications from a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm.
He was born November 5, 1946, in Chanute, the son of Omer and Florence (Anderson) Kern. On February 14, 1972, he married Shirley (Teter) Tussel, in Wichita. Charlie graduated from Central Christian College in 1966, Emporia State University in 1968, and attended Kansas State University. He was an accomplished athlete, winning several awards, including the Triple Crown. Charlie worked in education for many years as a teacher, coach, and principal at El Dorado, Benton, and Emmett school districts. Thereafter, he worked in a variety of occupations, including restaurant management, and managing Ampride Convenience Stores for the Kanza Co-op. Charles and Shirley moved to Plevna in 1977, where they renovated and ran the historic Plevna General Store for about ten years, until it was lost in a fire in January 1997. In September of this year, they moved from Plevna to their new home in Hutchinson. Charlie was recently enjoying substitute teaching in the Buhler schools. He was always on the go, whether tinkering in his shop, working in the yard, rescuing family members from their frequent minor emergencies, or playing with the grandkids. Charlie enjoyed traveling, hunting, and fishing. He was considered a second father and loving role model by many.
Charlie is survived by: his wife, Shirley; sons Michael ‘Mike’ Kern (Sarah) and Richard ‘Dick’ Tussel Jr.; daughters, Cheryl Monaghan Eisenhour, and Stacy ‘Stace’ Tussel; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Carol Pember (Marion); brother-in-law Galen Anderson (Debra); and other extended family members. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Lois Phillips.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday, November 27, 2017, at Elliott Chapel. Burial will follow at Fairlawn Burial Park, Hutchinson. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, with family present from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Elliott Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts to the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.