Boyd R. Kehrberg, 83, of Sioux City, formerly of Le Mars, died early Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.
Boyd R. Kehrberg was born March 19, 1922, to Albert and Grace (Dahly) Kehrberg in Sioux City. He attended country school in Stanton Township and graduated from Le Mars Central High School in 1939. In September 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp and served in the China, Burma India Theater. He flew many missions as pilot and crew member in the C-47 aircraft. His unit was responsible for retaking the Burma Road after the Japanese had taken control. Later Boyd transferred to the 51st Air Commando Group in Calcutta, India. During this time he flew over the Himalayas, piloting cargo planes carrying fuel to American's Nationalists in China, Burma India Mountains. When the war in Europe was over, Boyd transferred to a unit in Kumming, China and flew in supplies to open a weather station there. Boyd was awarded the Distinguished Flying cross with oak leaf cluster, the Air Medal and Bronze battle Star. He was honorably discharged in October 1945.
Boyd and Helen L. Simmons were married on Aug. 28, 1949, in Le Mars. They bought a farm in Elgin Township, and farmed there for 55 years. When Boyd had to go on dialysis, they moved to Sioux City to be near the clinic.
Boyd was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars, Wasmer American Legion Post 241 in Le Mars and the Disabled American Veterans in Sioux City and many farm organizations.
They enjoyed going to McAllen, Texas, to square dance and enjoy the winters.
The family extends their deepest gratitude to Dr. Caridad Tan and the other dialysis doctors for their compassionate care and expertise. Boyd was the heart and strength of his family and will be deeply missed and eternally loved.
Boyd is survived by his wife of 56 years, Helen of Sioux City; a son: Mark D. Kehrberg of Le Mars; two daughters, Janet K. Tempel of Anchorage, Alaska and Jean R. Lussman and her husband Wes of Munising, Mich.; five grandchildren: Elizabeth, Joshua who is a U.S. Marine currently serving in Iraq, and Rebekah Tempel all of Anchorage, Alaska, Melinda and James Lussman of Munising, Mich.; a sister, Shirley Hanno and her husband Loren of Le Mars; a brother, John Kehrberg and hhis wife, Joyce of Le Mars.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church, E.L.C.A. with the Rev. Gary Landsness officiating. Private family inurnment services will be in Stanton Township Cemetery, rural Merrill. Visitations with the family present will be after 5 p.m. today (Thursday) at St. John's Lutheran Church (201 1st Ave. NW) followed by a 7:30 p.m. prayer service at the church.
Honorary pallbearers will be Stanley Buss, Dave Hawkins, Roger Hawkins, Herman Schultz, Jim Peters, and Earl Albert.
Online condolences may be viewed at www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.