Sawyer Kern

Sawyer Hayden Kern

Monday August 20, 1984 - Saturday March 21, 2020
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Sawyer Hayden Kern, age 35, of Blackwood, NJ passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Born in Woodbury, he graduated from West Deptford HS Class of 2002. He was operations manager of a building supply company. Sawyer wrestled, played soccer and baseball. Loved the outdoors, playing golf, attending concerts of his favorite music artists, coaching and watching his children play sports. Family vacations and holidays were special to him.

He is survived by his children, Lahayla and Hayden Kern, mother Sandra (Holly) Backensto (Brian) of West Deptford, NJ, father Dr. Robert Kern (Cynthia) of Bridgeville, DE, sister Allyson Kern of West Deptford, NJ, brother Donovan Kern of West Deptford, NJ, stepbrothers and stepsisters Cheryl Rutter (John) of Wilmington, NC, Kristen Atoigue (Jason) of Burgaw, NC, Sean Silver(Jennifer) of Blackwood, NJ & Renee Quinn of Mantua, NJ and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Sawyer was predeceased by grandparents A. Earl & Nancy W. Renner and George H. & Dorothy G. Kern, stepbrother Michael Silver and cousin Shea Harris.

Funeral services and burial will be private in Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro, NJ.In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to individual 529 Education Plans FBO Lahayla & Hayden Kern, C/O Sandra Backensto, 11 St Emilion Ct., West Deptford, NJ 08096 or The Arc Gloucester, 1555 Gateway Blvd., West Deptford, NJ 08096 or at . Memories and condolences can be shared at
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    Eglington Cemetery
    320 Kings Highway
    Clarksboro, NJ 08020
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Carmen A Baker

Posted at 07:54pm
I first met Sawyer (and his siblings) in 1990, when his Aunt Robin drove them to Vermont to spend a week with their grandparents. We enjoyed fishing, boating, and swimming in Seymour Lake, playing board games and watching movies. We watched Beetle Juice (Sawyer's favorite move at the time) a million times and laughed every time we watched it. Sawyer had a way of just making you laugh and smile. I have enjoyed watching him grow from a small boy to a man. He always greeted me with that huge smile, a great big hug and a kiss on the cheek. Thank you Sawyer for always being so kind to me. I will miss you. To the Kern family and Backensto family, I am deeply sorry for your loss.

Janet Lancaster

Posted at 05:07pm
So unexpected. My memories of Sawyer go back many years. He was my student for Sunday School and Confirmation at Kemble Church. He stood out and you just could not help yourself loving him. My husband, Jerry, and daughter, Juliet, have great admiration for Sawyer. During the time in his life when he was a single dad he made every effort to bring his precious children, Lahayla and Hayden, to the Sunday School he and his siblings had attended. That was very special. I am sure his family will miss him very much. Rest assured that not only did you love him but he made an impression on many others, some of whom you may least expect. May he Rest in Peace and enjoy the house of his Heavenly Father. He is remembered. God Bless, Jan Lancaster

Kristen Boone

Posted at 09:15am
No words can express the feelings and memories stirred up by the deeply saddening news of Sawyer's passing. From getting in trouble in middle school together to reconnecting later in life one thing that was always constant for me was his infectious laugh, smile, and love of everything. I hope his family and everyone who continues to feel his presence, hear his laugh, see his smile, or feel a memory, continue to feel the genuine love and positivity he always brought me.

Sean Silver

Posted at 09:22pm
To my brother Sawyer, I loved that you hung out with me a lot especially during Special Olympics. We had a blast playing wiffle balls. I remember when we were in NYC hotel making so much noise and playing around.

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