Roy A. Kerns, Jr.
Roy Kerns, Jr of Denver, formerly of Hagerstown, MD, passed away January 9, 2022 at University Health Hospital in Aurora, CO.
Born July 11, 1940 in Big Spring, MD, he was a son of the late Roy A. Kerns, Sr, Esther (Hege) Woodcock, and step-father Ellis “Pete” Woodcock. At age 15, he moved with his mother, stepfather, and brother to Lynwood, CA. After graduating from Lynwood High School in 1958, Roy entered the United States Air Force and served from 1958 to 1962. He was stationed at Lowry AFB in Denver, CO where he met and married his wife. They married in 1962, and Roy lived in Colorado for the remainder of his life.
After being honorably discharged from the Air Force, he began his career in construction and played a vital role in the construction of many of the buildings that make up the Denver skyline. In addition to the numerous skyscrapers in Denver, he also helped in the construction of Denver International Airport, Mile High Stadium, NORAD, and the United States Air Force Academy, as well as many churches, banks, classroom buildings at Colorado’s major universities, and numerous other buildings. He was proud of his accomplishments both in polishing terrazzo flooring and the “many miles” of caulking he laid over his 40-year career.
He loved building and working on cars, especially his jeeps so we could go four-wheeling in his beloved mountains.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Franklin. He is survived by his sister Mary of Georgia, his wife Jean of Golden, CO, his daughter Dawn (Jim) of Kersey, CO, his daughter Brandi (Carter) of Golden, CO, his grandchildren Baileigh (Justin), Kara, Levi, Corey, Emma, great-grandchildren Walker, and Prestyn, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He will be laid to rest at Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver. Contributions to the charity of your choice in lieu of flowers is appreciated.
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