Born: Patuxent River, Maryland
Died: April 11, 2012 in Morocco
Cpl. Derek A. Kerns age 21 of Woodstown, NJ, currently based in New River Air Station, NC, was killed on Wednesday, April 11 2012 during a military training exercise in Morocco. Kerns was a graduate of Woodstown High School Class of 2008 and joined the Marine Corps in September of 2008. In December of 2010 he was promoted to the rank of Corporal and was a MV-22 crew chief with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261, Marine Aircraft Group 26MV-22. He is survived by his wife, Mechele Nikole Kerns; a son, Aydin James Kerns; his mother, Carol (Simpson) Kerns; his father and his wife, Bruce and Sherry Kerns; a sister, Jessica Kerns; maternal grandmother, Janet Simpson; a step-sister Liz Godwin and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, John M. Simpson, Sr. and paternal grandparents, Robert and Ruth Kerns. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 11am in Sharptown Methodist Church, 24 Church Street, Pilesgrove, NJ. Military Honors will take place at the Salem County War Veterans Cemetery immediately following the funeral services. Friends of the family are cordially invited to share their thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the Kerns family for a visitation to celebrate Derek’s life from 4 to 9pm at the H.T. Layton Funeral Home, 102 South Main Street, Woodstown, NJ, on Thursday, April 19, 2012. A second viewing will take place on Friday morning from 9am until the time of service at SHARPTOWN METHODIST CHURCH. A trust fund has been established for the benefit of Aydin James Kerns. Contributions can be made to Fulton Bank/ Woodstown, c/o Aydin James Kerns, 1 South Main Street, Woodstown, NJ 08098. Also killed was Cpl. Robby Reyes of Los Angeles.
The above is Cpl Kerns obituary provided by H.T. Layton Funeral Home.
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