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Kerr, William (9/21/1917 - 6/22/2012)

By Fort Wayne (IN) News-Sentinel

WILLIAM "BILL" KERR SR., 94, passed away on Friday, June 22, 2012, at his home. 

In 1985, he retired from Hagerman Construction Corp., Fort Wayne after 29 years as Controller and CFO. 

He was a graduate of New Haven High School and the University of Cincinnati where he received a degree in business administration. He was a veteran of five years service in the United States Coast Guard serving as Commanding Officer in charge of the Duluth, Minnesota Coast Guard Station. He received an honorable discharge in 1945. 

He was a past chapter chairman of the Allen Wells Chapter of the American Red Cross and served as a volunteer and on the board of directors for 26 years. 

He was past president of the Building Contractors Association of Fort Wayne; past president of the Fort Wayne Kiwanis Club of which he was a member since 1956; and a member of the Golden K Kiwanis Club. 

Under Mayor Robert Armstrong, he served on the Board of Safety for four years; served as president of NEIMS for ten years which was the original training program for the Fort Wayne Paramedic Program; was a long standing member of the church council of Trinity English Lutheran Church; and also served on the board of Goodwill Industries. 

He was the last member of the Fort Wayne Daisies Baseball Team Board of Directors. 

"He was a devoted husband, beloved father and friend to many." 

He is survived by his son, William L. Kerr Jr. of Fort Wayne; daughter, Debora C. Kerr of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and grandson, Evan L. Kerr of Fort Wayne. He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Helen Crabill Kerr. Service is 1 p.m. Saturday, June 30, 2012, at Trinity English Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, with calling two hours prior. Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery, with full military honors. Memorials to Trinity English Lutheran Church or the Allen Wells Chapter of the American Red Cross. "Hail to the Chief." Arrangements by Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Wayne Street Chapel, 420 W. Wayne St. 

Contributed by: Helen Nordquist
Submitted on: 03/24/2014
Copyright: Fort Wayne (IN) News-Sentinel (6/26/2012

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