OBITUARY

Jeffrey Kerr

April 8, 1953December 25, 2013
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Jeffrey Walter Kerr, age 60, passed away peacefully in his sleep after a hard fought 6 year cancer battle on December 25, 2013. Jeff leaves behind his mother, Jean Ellen Kerr, "mum", age 94, who currently resides in Dallas. He also leaves behind his older sister JoAnne Kerr from Connecticut and James "Jim" Kerr and 2 nieces from California. Jeff is preceded in death by his father, James J. Kerr who passed in 1994 and his beloved dog Dolly.

Jeff was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 8, 1953. Jeff graduated from John Adams High School, South Bend, Indiana in 1972 and graduated from Indiana University Kelley School of Business with a degree in Accounting in 1976. Jeff bought his first home in The Colony in the late 80's, where he resided until his passing. Jeff is well known for his elaborate holiday decorations in Northpointe for Christmas and Halloween where he spent many hours preparing for the seasons trick-or-treaters and holiday light spectators.

Jeff worked for 13 years as CFO for Performance Door and Hardware, Inc in Irving and previously worked for Western Extrusion for 12 years as the Assistant Controller. Jeff was a dedicated member in the Boy Scouts of America and continued to mentor the lives of Boy Scouts for many decades. As a boy, Jeff was a Life Scout who went on to serve as a Scout Master and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award.

Jeff had many interests, countless friends and positively influenced those lucky enough to know him. Jeff loved to travel, was a fan of Ragbrai, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Texas Rangers, Walt Disney World and his beloved Hoosiers. Jeff loved the outdoors and to go sailing, boating, camping and fishing. Jeff loved to spend time with his friends and family, his "Bandits", good cigars, great scotch, good steaks and his dog Dolly. Though Jeff had no children of his own, he has positively affected the lives of countless Boy Scouts and young friends through his adventures, stories and advice. Jeff completed his first triathlon, one of his proudest moments, in Oct 2011 while battling cancer. Jeff has been quoted saying "Realize you must live for the moment since our time on earth is not in our control".

Visitation will be held at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home on Saturday, December 28, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Services for Jeff Kerr will be held at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with burial to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers donation may be made to Live Strong, Boy Scouts of America or American Cancer Society. Please visit www.sparkman-hillcrest.com for online condolences.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, December 28, 2013
  • Funeral Service Sunday, December 29, 2013
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Carol McGrath

December 31, 2013

I knew Jeff through business connections and only talked to him on the phone. But I knew I could always count on him when I called and he was always courteous and helpful. I felt that we became friends even if just over the phone! You are missed Jeff!

Nanette Roberts

December 30, 2013

I had Jeff as a boss at Western Extrusions. He was a delight to work with and always helped me when needed. You and Dolly are reunited in a better place. I remember making some of the Charlie Brown gang for his window display at Christmas when he would decorate his home.

Chris Thacker

December 29, 2013

Jeff was my scoutmaster for Troop 34. I remember riding in his IROC Z on the way to a campout thought that was pretty cool. I always enjoyed be around him.

Lisa Shackelford

December 29, 2013

Jeff was such a kind, fun-loving, and giving man. I had the pleasure of working with him at Western Extrusions for several years. I know how much he loved and adored his beloved Dolly; now they can be together once again for eternity and will never have to part. I know that makes Jeff very happy. One memory of Jeff that really stands out is when a coworker's daughter, had a little dog that needed a mandatory operation; unfortunately, the costs were too much for the daughter to handle. Never fear; Jeff, being the kind animal lover that he was, stepped up to the plate and funded the surgery for the little dog which extended and bettered the quality of the little dogs life! What an amazing man he was! He will be dearly missed. RIP my friend.

Clint Brock

December 28, 2013

Jeff Kerr, you will be greatly missed. I am glad that your pain is gone and that I was able to talk to you last week. I hope they I can be as great an influence on my two children as you were to me. It's hard to believe that I met you 21 years ago. Thank you Jeff R. I. P.

Michael Hall

December 28, 2013

Jeff was my scout master, he changed my life, because of him I know first aid, survival skills, knots, sailing, camping, everything you could do out doors, backpacking...wow...what a great man and a tremendous loss. You will be missed Jeff Kerr.

Alexander Smith

December 28, 2013

Jeff was my first Scout Master as a Boy Scout I still remember one of the first meetings we had was right near Halloween and he had one of the best Darth Vader outfits that I have ever seen to this day (granted that may be nostalgia). But, he showed me that you didn't have to have everything to be everything you wanted to be.

Ronald Epps

December 28, 2013

My gym buddy fought a long courageous fight. Jeff's smile heart let me know that he was a true fighting warrior God bless you my brother see you on the other side.

Matthew Shetrone

December 27, 2013

Jeff was my Scout master and a mentor. The first high school formal that I went to I did not have enough money to take my date out to a restaurant so Jeff offered his house and kitchen to me so that I could fix a fancy dinner (which he helped me plan). In many ways he was a second father.

Smooth sailing Jeff.

Christine Brock

December 27, 2013

I met Jeff 21 years ago when my son Clint became a Boy Scout. Jeff was a wonderful roll model for my young son. He played a significant roll in helping my son become the wonderful man he is today. We were very blessed to have had Jeff in our lives. He truly was an incredible person and anyone who had the opportunity to know him was blessed. His love of life was infectious. Jeff, May you rest peacefully knowing your work here on earth is complete.