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Milton Herman Kern
June 20, 1932 ~ September 7, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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In the early morning hours of September 7, 2023, Milton was welcomed into the arms of his Lord and Saviour at the age of 91.
He joins in heaven his beloved wife, Hannah, parents Herman and Bertha Kern, parents’ in-law Emil and Ernestine Kokot, and his siblings Edwin, Norman, Bernice, Eleanor, Delvera, Marie, and Caroline.
Milton was born on June 20, 1932, in Millet, Alberta. He attended Wiesenthal school until grade 9 and at the age of 15, he accepted Christ, was baptized, and became a member of the Wiesenthal Baptist Church. In 1956, Milton met Hannah and soon proposed. They were married on November 12, 1958, and after their Niagara Falls honeymoon, they settled into their first home where Milton continued to work on the family farm with his brother.
When Hannah’s parents were set to retire, they offered Milton and Hannah the opportunity to take over the Kokot family farm. With their first-born son Reginald, in a packed Volkswagen Beetle, they set out to start life in the Swan Valley. Soon after, Sharon and Stanley were born and Milton’s dairy farm took off, from shipping milk in 8-gallon cans in 1966 to modernizing and expanding to bulk shipping in 1974. Milton was a successful dairy farmer with Hannah by his side for 31 years.
Selling the milk quota in 1997 marked the beginning of Milton’s retirement. His passion for farming continued with a couple dairy cows, providing Hannah with fresh butter for baking, and harvesting grain crops. During retirement, Milton had a chance to travel with Hannah and his brothers, sisters, and in-laws, and saw iconic places from Hawaii to Alaska. He spent the summers camping and fishing with his children and grandchildren and was happy to have them around for visits, despite any mess or ruckus they made. He enjoyed puzzles, playing boardgames and dominoes and had a passion for woodworking, creating many intricate and timeless figurines in his workshop.
Milton was a devoted member of Temple Baptist Church and served as deacon for many years, helping the church wherever he was needed. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and friend. He will be missed by so many, and we will hold tight the memories we have working and playing on the farm with him.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his children Reg (Merry), Sharon (Hubert), and Stanley. His grandchildren Stacey (Zach), Ryan (Julie), Ariel (Hargobind), Kirby (Justin), Adrian (Shay), Johanna (John), Ashlee and Aynslee and his great grandchildren Kuno, Huxton, and Atley. As well as nieces, nephews, and his church family.