David Robert Kerr
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David Robert Kerr passed away at home on Saturday March 29th. Dave was 66 years of age and was born in Battle Creek. After graduating from Lakeview High School, he attended the University of Michigan on a golf scholarship, along with KCC and Manatee Community College in Bradenton, FL. Dave played in some mini tour events in Florida and pursued a career in the golf business. His stops included Binder Park G.C. in Battle Creek, Town of Colonie Golf Club in Albany, NY and Quail Hollow in Tampa, FL. He earned his Class A Golf Professional card and eventually became the head professional at Riverside CC in his hometown.
After deciding to leave the golf business in the early 80's, Dave joined other family members at Fairfield Corporation, a shopping center development firm in Battle Creek. After a number of years, he relocated to Muskegon to work for The Horizon Group developing factory outlets centers across the country serving as their Director of Facilities. Eventually, he returned to Battle Creek finishing his career with Fairfield Corporation as Director of Maintenance and Construction.
Dave is survived by daughter, Gina Kerr of Los Angeles CA and his wife's children, Jason Livingston of Muskegon, MI, Brooke Livingston of Grand Rapids, MI and Amie Wendt of Atlanta, GA. Also surviving are sisters Pamela Adams and husband Peter of Centerville, OH; Danese Maldonado of LaQuinta, CA; Wendy Arbuszewski and husband John of Aiken, SC; Deidre Braun of LaQuinta, CA; and brothers Jeffrey Kerr of Saugatuck, MI, Robert Braun of Honolulu, HI, Scott Kerr and wife Robin of Battle Creek.; and brother-in-law Jonathon Vento and wife Lori of Chicago, IL. Surviving also are 4 grandchildren and 11 nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his wife Suzanne Kerr, his mother, Audrey Kerr and his father, Richard Kerr whose wife Helen survives.
Dave enjoyed U of M sports, his morning coffee group at the "Fin" and occasionally finding his way to Firekeepers to hone his skills. He was a long time member of the Riverside Country Club and fondly remembered many treasured memories playing through the years with family and friends across the city, state, country and abroad. A beloved son, brother, husband, uncle, grandfather and friend, he will long be remembered not only for his friendly demeanor and big smile, but for the devoted homecare he provided his wife Suzanne who died last December after battling ALS for many years.
The family would like to thank the hospice team especially, Robin, Kelli, and Linda for the compassionate care. A celebration of Dave's life will be planned later this spring. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a
Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Apr. 1, 2014