Ralph Porter Kern

Published 9:06 pm Thursday, February 21, 2019

A memorial service for Mr. Ralph Kern is to be held Feb. 23, 2019, at Riverwood Family with a burial service in Riverwood Memorial Park. Rev. Mike Grenn and Dr. P. A. Michel will conduct the services.

Mr. Kern was born Oct. 25, 1936, to J. Hayward and Doris Allmand Kern in Canton, Mississippi. His family moved to Brookhaven when he was 6 years of age. Ralph graduated from Brookhaven High School in 1955 and attended Mississippi State before joining the U.S. Air Force. After duty, he returned to Brookhaven, where he met his wife of 58 years. He joined his parents in the restaurant business for the next 20 years before going into the oil exploration business for the next 10 years, with much success.

After moving to Florida in 1987, he was co-owner with his son, Wyndell, building two Honda motorcycle dealerships and purchasing world-renowned Gatorback Cycle Park. Ralph was of the Baptist faith.

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He was preceded in death by his father; mother; and one son, Christopher.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Ann Grenn Kern; sister, Dolores Hoff; two

sons, Kyle Barry (Judy), Wyndell Todd (Kim); daughter-in-law (Elizabeth); one granddaughter (Kalie); four grandsons Christopher, Matthew, Justin and Keegan; one step grandson, Justin Nelson (Andrea); and three step great-grandchildren.

Ralph will be greatly missed by all that loved and knew him.