Honorary and Memorial Gifts Since 1987
updated June 7, 2023
    Just as this Fund recognizes and honors Carl B. Kern for his work and the impact he had on the lives of others, so has the Fund made it possible for donors to recognize those special 'camp people' and other individuals who have had an impact on their lives. Comments from 2021 honorary/memorial gifts are listed below.  
Honorary Gifts         * now deceased
All Camp Kern Ranch Staff     
The 1976-79 Kern Staff     
The Old Dogs of the 60s & 70s     
Julian Bailes, III     
Loretta Bailey     
Rocco, Jean & Dominic Baker     
Tim Baker     
Kent Barnheiser     
Dr Harold L. Boda *     
Susan Corn     
Michael T. Engel     
Frank Hoernemann *     
Tami Opferkuch Kesling     
Barb Newill Klatt     
George E. & Vera P. Kuhn *     
Beth Barnheiser Lowy     
Larry L. Maxwell     
Jeff, Amy & Luke Merhige     
Dr. & Mrs. Gerald Molfenter     
Leigh Randolph Pickenpaugh     
Mike Sherman     
Zach & Nick Siegert     
Mary Kuhn Sigel *     
Jack Singerman *     
The Singerman Family     
Chuck Snyder     
Lynn Arnold Sparks     
Thomas D. Sydnor, II     
David & Camdyn Thompson     
Anne M. Trowbridge     
Max A. Trowbridge *     
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Trowbridge     
Dr. Von Kernberg     
Amy Barnheiser Waddell     
John Waddell     
Stuart T. Weinberg     
Memorial Gifts
Teddy Alvero     
Elaine Amburgey     
Bill Arnold     
Tala S. Arnovitz     
Charles L. Backus, Jr.     
Bob & Barbara Barr     
Don D. Battelle     
David Beck     
Charles J. Blank     
Tami Greenfield Boehmer     
Barbara W. Bradbury     
David 'Loaf' Bredenfoerder     
Steve Bull     
Mr. & Mrs. Carl F. Burckle Jr.     
Wm. T. Butt     
Deena Hoadley Byrd     
Joseph J. Carey     
George O. Coleman     
Gary Corn     
James E. Cossman     
Bob Daganhardt     
T.C. 'Chad' Dunham     
Robert & Jane Emery     
Dr. James H. Erbaugh     
James, Phyllis, & Marty Erbaugh     
J. Martin 'Marty' Erbaugh     
James W. Falter     
Bill & Cleo Garvin     
Robert & Suzanne Gilbert     
Robert C. Gray     
Robert M. Harding     
Leo L. Homich     
Paul H. Jansen, Jr.     
Carl B. Kern     
James F. Kern     
Mary Elizabeth Kern     
Jerry Lee Kirby     
Beulah E. Kern Kuhn     
George E. & Penny Kuhn     
Steven W. Kuhn     
Thomas M. Kuhn     
William Kuhn     
Edward L. Kohnle     
Robert W. Lecklider     
Jimmy Lewis     
Kathy Johnston Long     
Thomas Majewski     
Charles S. Martin     
John P. Mathews     
Jackie Maxwell     
Graham A. McConnell     
Paul H. McKee     
Rick E. Molfenter     
Margie Myers     
Minor F. 'Bud' Neff     
Robert C. Neff     
Robert S. Neff     
Cynthia Norwalk     
Viola Packer     
William Parkinson     
Dr. Richard Poeppelmeier     
Diane Rannes     
Vivian Rhyner     
Ralph D. Roehm     
Frank Root     
Gary L. Saxton     
Jack Singerman     
Marilyn Singerman     
Baby John Slobodnyak     
George P. Sperry, MD     
Walter G. & Earl E. Sterzer     
Robert C. Terwillegar     
Amy Turley     
Jed M. Whitaker     
Dr. John R. White     
Howard Whitman     
Leon A. Whitney     
Bonnie Williams     
William A. Young     
Dick & Marge Youngen     
Tony (Zang) Zangaro     

In honor of Lynn Arnold Sparks, Tami Opferkuch Kesling, Barb Newill Klatt, and Leigh Randolph Pickenpaugh - "These then-young women helped me grow more confident. I treasure my memories of the Triple K Ranch." - Emily Landis Dennis

In honor of Mike Sherman - "Mike taught us how to tell stories, and I have now been telling stories for camps, churches, schools, and many other venues for almost 45 years." - Nancy Myers Winniford

In honor of Zach and Nick Siegert - "Our sons have been campers/counselors for close to twenty years and Camp Kern has been a life-changing experience for them." - Gerry and Stacy Siegert

In memory of Elaine Amburgey - "A true lover of children and the outdoors." - Melissa Milburn Kuns

In memory of Bill Arnold - "Bill (my father) introduced me to Kern as a family camper in the 60's. He worked there in the late 40's when it was at the bottom of the hill. Thus started a long-term association with Kern that persists to this day. My sister Cheryl and I are living proof that Kern blood can be inherited." - Lynn Arnold Sparks

In memory of Tami Greenfield Boehmer - "Tami loved her days at Camp Kern and often commented how it changed her life. She especially liked serving as a camp counselor. Camp Kern made a dramatic impact on her life." - Mike Boehmer

In memory of J. Martin 'Marty' Erbaugh - "Camp Kern meant so much to Marty. It helped shape him as an adult, spouse and father. He told many Camp Kern stories to me and his three beautiful daughters. I know it would mean a lot to Marty to give back to a camp that gave him so much in his formative years." - Lynne Erbaugh

In memory of George E. and Penny Kuhn - "Carl B. Kern was George's uncle; brother to his mother Beulah Kern." - Beth Kuhn

In memory of Rick E. Molfenter - "As always - Rick always looked forward to going to Camp Kern!" - Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Molfenter

In memory of Margie Myers - "Margie was employed at Central YMCA as secretary for George Coleman, who was right hand to General Secretary Maurice Gogle and others who replaced him. She was my cousin and worked at the Y more than 50 years! Many of you will remember Margie, as she was organist for our church in Farmersville over 50 years. She encouraged me to also work at the Y. I was secretary to Lou Cox and Harry Bradbury in the Physical Dept. While working there, I met Pep (Dick Poeppelmeier) who was helping out in the Boys Dept. He was a leader at Day Camp, and spent 5 years at Camp Kern, as well as teaching swimming, at the Y, participating on the swim team, gymnastics team, Leaders Club etc. When Pep brought a small snake back from day camp one time to scare me - I knew that he liked me. Ha. We've been married 64 years. Pep, Senior, was involved at the Y also, serving on various committees. We owe our long and happy marriage to cousin Margie." - Dr. Richard and Marlene Poeppelmeier

In memory of Viola Packer - "Dedicated nurse." - Gary and Carol Packer

In memory of Walter G. and Earl E. Sterzer - "Whose experience at the Old Camp in the 1930's was invaluable." - Michael J.Sterzer

In memory of Amy Turley - "We lost Amy last year. I met her at Ranch Camp. She loved Camp Kern." - Susan Chandler