James Robert Kerr, Jr. was born March 22, 1923, in Akron, the son of James Robert, Sr. and Birdice Marie (Keech) Kerr. He was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith at Wesley United Methodist Church. He attended school in Akron and graduated from Akron High School in 1941. He enlisted in the United State Army Air Corp in 1941. He served his country in during World War II where he was stationed at Mildenhall Air Base in England for 3 years. While stationed there, he met his future wife, Peggy. He was honorably discharged in 1945. After returning, he went into the business with his father and Kerr Motor Company in Akron.
In December of 1947, Bob and Peggy had saved enough money and completed the required papers for Peggy to move to the states. On Jan. 14, 1948, Bob was united in marriage to Margaret "Peggy" Jones at Wesley United Methodist Church.
Bob and Peggy continued to make their home in Akron. Bob continued to own and operate the dealership where he sold Oldsmobile and Minneapolis-Moline tractors; he loved to work on all the cars and tractors that he sold. In the late 70s, he sold the business to Dick Dirks. He continued to work for Dirks Motor as a mechanic until retiring in the mid 80s. After retiring, he and Peggy enjoyed traveling and spending time with their family. Peggy died Dec. 23, 2000.
Bob was very devoted to his church. He was a longtime member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Akron where he held various offices and served as an usher for many years. He was an over 50-year member of the Hoschler American Legion Post 186 of Akron, and a past member of the Masonic Lodge.
He enjoyed bowling. He had a knack for fixing and repairing anything. Bob loved working on cars and tractors, but most of all, he loved his family, especially grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his daughter, Vicki Henrich and her husband Reed of Brunsville, Iowa; six grandchildren: Rob Von Hagel and his wife Angela of Brunsville, Heather Johnson and her husband Gordy of Akron, Jayson Kerr-Dobney of Vermillion, S.D., Suzanne Herbold and her husband Scott of Lawton, Nathan Dobney and Jennifer Dobney of Vermillion, S.D.; nine great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law: Bev Dobney and her husband Dan of Vermillion, S.D.; two brothers: Marvin Kerr of Iowa City, and Roger Kerr of Santa Anna, Calif.; a brother-in-law, Brian Meggs of Woodland, Texas; a sister-in-law: Lois Lee of Iowa City; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a son: Johnston Robert Kerr; and two sisters: Phyllis Huddleston and Marianne Anderson.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Wesley United Methodist Church in Akron with the Rev. Laurice Streyffeler officiating. The Hoschler American Legion Post 186 of Akron will conduct military rites. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.
Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren.
The Carlsen Funeral Home - Schroeder Chapel in Akron, Iowa is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.