William “Bill” C. Kern, 66, of Beaver Dam, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017.

A visitation for Bill will take place from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, at the Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam. Another visitation will take place on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, from 10-10:45 a.m. at Salem Lutheran Church in Lowell. A funeral service will follow at Salem Lutheran Church at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Paul Vander Galien officiating. Burial will take place at Leipsig Cemetery in South Beaver Dam.

Bill was born the son of John and Evelyn (Schmaltz) Kern on June 17, 1951, in Beaver Dam. On Oct. 4, 1975, he was united in marriage with Frieda Schmitt at Salem Lutheran Church in Lowell. Bill farmed his whole life in the town of Beaver Dam on his family’s farmland.

He was a longtime member of Salem Lutheran Church in Lowell. Bill liked to read the Wisconsin State Farmer, always loved a good tractor pull, and admired International Harvester farming equipment. He liked to travel and was always up for a road trip. He enjoyed playing blackjack and watching the Green Bay Packers. But most of all, Bill loved to spend time with his wife, children and grandchildren, whom he was so proud of.

Bill is survived by his wife Frieda Kern; his six children, Jacob Kern of Beaver Dam, Rachel (KJ) Packard of Sun Prairie, Lucas William (Alice) Kern of Beaver Dam, Elizabeth Kern of Sun Prairie, Joe (special friend Jessica Berkevich) Kern of Beaver Dam and Emily (special friend Chris Zaeske) Kern of Colorado; three sisters, Karla (David) Schultz, Kathy (Robert) McGee and Mary Sue (Rusty Barwick) Kern;, two brothers, Roland Kern and Donald “Super” Kern; brothers-in-law and sisters-in law, John (Sandy) Schmitt, Bonnie (Ken) Guenther, Sue (Jerry) Ebert, Nancy Hussli, Roy (Christine) Schmitt, Cindy Kadinger, Marilea (Pat) Groves, Gina (Andy) Oemig and Leon (Annette) Schmitt; and four grandchildren, Abigail Packard, Kevin J “Buckshot” Packard, Daniel William Kern and Silas Kern. He is further survived by other relatives and friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Charles Kern and Gary Kern; nephew, Thomas Schmitt; and his father- and mother-in law, Leon and Yvonne Schmitt.

“Sweet William was the hardest working, most honest, caring man any person could meet.”