Robert Marion Kerr Jr., 97
MAPLETON, Utah — Robert Marion Kerr Jr., stalwart, faithful servant, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at his home at the age of 97.
Born to Annie S. and Robert M. Kerr in Ora, Idaho, on April 7, 1914, he was the oldest of five children and is survived by his brother Douglas L. Kerr and his sister Coral Clifford. He was preceded in death by brothers Lyman S. and Joseph (Jay) Kerr. He was an exceptionally hard worker and excelled in school and everything he did. He graduated with a law degree from the University of Idaho in 1936 at age 22. He served as an assistant to the Attorney General for the State of Idaho, Bingham County prosecutor, and maintained an active legal practice for 66 years. At the time of his death, he was the oldest living continually licensed attorney in the state of Idaho. He held his law license for 73 years. He was a flight instructor in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Active in the Boy Scouts of America throughout his life, he served as president of the Tendoy Scout Council and received the Silver Beaver award. As a dedicated member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints his church service included over 20 years in the stake presidency as a counselor and stake president. He served as a counselor to two temple presidents in the Idaho Falls Temple. One of his greatest joys was performing temple weddings for his children and grandchildren. He married Aloha McMurray on April 1, 1942, in the Logan Temple. They had five children, Steven, Kristen K. Price (Steve), Gregory, Catherine Stringham (Clay) and Jacqueline Lofthouse (Val). Aloha passed away on Sept. 23, 1969. He married Ann Thueson on June 4, 1970. She had four children, Byron Thueson (Raylene), Deanne Uriona (John Pace), Kelley Thueson (Karen), and Michelle Rigby (Blake). Their marvelous, combined family enjoyed sweet companionship for over 40 years. They have a posterity of 54 grandchildren and 64 great-grandchildren, all of whom love and adore their patriarch fisherman. The family expresses thanks to their hospice caregivers and doctors who so lovingly assisted them this past month. In lieu of flowers donations may be given to the Perpetual Education Fund, the Missionary Fund, or the Humanitarian Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-eay Saints or the charity of your choice. A viewing will be held on Sunday, May 1, from 6-7 p.m. at the Mapleton 1st Ward, 31 West Maple St., Mapleton, Utah.
Funeral services will be held at the Blackfoot Stake Center, 1650 Highland Dr., Blackfoot, Idaho, at noon on Tuesday, May 3, with a viewing preceding from 10:30-11:30 a.m. under the the direction of Hawker Funeral Home. Interment will be in Fielding Memorial Park, Idaho Falls.
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