Roger L. Kernes, age 78, of Russell Springs

Roger L. Kernes, of Russell Springs, passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at Jean Waddle Care Center, in Somerset.  He was 78 years of age.

Born September 19, 1943, in St. Joseph, Missouri, he was the only child of the late Robert Lee and Mary Buczek Kernes.  Roger was a United States Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a former equipment manager of a rental company and former employee of Alligator Dock II.  Roger enjoyed spending his spare time woodworking. He also loved to grow a garden, usually with enough vegetables to share with those that lived around him.  Roger would frequently be seen mowing yards, other than his own, throughout the neighborhood.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Karen Shores Kernes; a son, Robert (and Geena) Kernes, of Springdale, Arkansas; a daughter, Giselle (and Paul) Conover, of Keller, Texas; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Roger was preceded in death by a granddaughter.

Cremations rites were honored.  No services will be held at this time.

Roger’s arrangements are entrusted to Bernard Funeral Home.  An online guestbook is available at