Tebel Robert Kern, infant son of Tyler and Amelia Kern of Berrien Springs, Michigan died just moments prior to his birth at 8:25 a.m. on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at Spectrum Health Lakeland Hospital in Niles, Michigan.
While Tebel’s parents were aware of him for most of the past twenty weeks, Amelia was most aware of his strength as he fought to overcome a difficult gestation; and she recently felt him kicking about. His name was selected by his parents from the Hebrew word, תֵּבֵל, the poetic word for “world” in Yahweh’s creation that “shall not be moved” which represents stability, durability and strength (as in Psalm 93:1).
Tebel’s family includes his parents, Tyler Jacob and Amelia Ann (Reichl) Kern; siblings Topher (8-years-old), Aurora (6-years-old), Treeland (4-years-old), Tyson (2-years-old); and he was preceded in death by his unborn sibling Angel; grandparents, Tammy (& Bob) Cranston of Pensacola, Florida, Terry (& Sheri) Kern of Deer Creek, Illinois, and Jeff and Sarah Reichl of Peru, Illinois; great-grandparents, Elmer and Jeannie Liesse of Peru, David Kern of Danvers, and Carol Swanson of Bloomington, Illinois; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A service for Tebel Kern will be at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 10, 2021 at the Andrews University Seminary Chapel. He will be laid to rest at Rose Hill Cemetery in Berrien Springs with Dr. Hyveth Williams, Pastor of The Grace Place Seventh-day Adventist Church in South Bend, Indiana officiating. The service will be available via Zoom Meeting ID: 938 5091 7381; PW: 710198. Arrangements were made at the Halbritter-Wickens Funeral Home, 615 East Main Street in Niles. Online condolences may be left at:
Tebel’s life was “knit together in his mother’s womb” and was “wonderfully made” by our Creator. He spent his days fighting for life, and now rests until Jesus Christ returns.