John W. Kerr Jr.

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Kerr, John W. Jr.
of Buckeye, AZ, went home to be with the Lord peacefully on September 14, 2013, with his family by his side. John was born in Romeo, MI on July 9, 1933 to John and Margaret Kerr. John was the third child of seven. He was 10 years old when his family moved to Arizona in 1944. The Kerr family lived in Laveen until 1947 when they relocated to Tempe on Kyrene and Guadalupe Rds. where John Kerr Sr. established a dairy. In 1950 John married his high school sweetheart, Bobbie Callaway. Soon after, John and Bobbie bought the dairy farm from John's parents. Their three sons, Jerry, David, and Bill were born while they lived in Tempe. John was a founding member of United Dairymen of AZ, a farmer-owned dairy cooperative which is currently in operation. John and Bobbie began showing sheep at the local fairs in 1955. It didn't take long for the couple to get more involved by becoming superintendents of the swine, goat, and sheep departments which led to their decades-long career at the fairs. John also began judging livestock at various fairs across the state and that led to him judging fairs all across the country which included CA, CO, AK, WY, OR, and KY. He touched so many young lives, teaching them in his special way about raising livestock. In 1974, John and Bobbie relocated their dairy to Buckeye, AZ. This is where John would complete his 50 plus years in the dairy business. He loved his cows and never felt he worked a day in his life because he enjoyed each and every day he spent with his cows. He passed on his love for the dairy business to all three of his sons. John had a passion for fishing and spending time outdoors. He loved his many fishing buddies and took the time to fish whenever possible. There was never a shortage of people to join him on an afternoon fishing trip! His faith in the Lord was evident to all who met him. He lived out his faith in the way he loved people. John would say that strangers were friends he hadn't me yet. He loved his church family and helped start a church from a Bible study that began in his garage. John led by example. He was a man of deep conviction, integrity, strength, and kindness. He loved to make others laugh and knew how to have fun in whatever he was doing. His wit and humor touched the hearts of many. John is survived by his wife, Bobbie, of 63 years, his three sons and their wives, Jerry and Christy, David and Glenda, and Bill and Sine. He had 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren who he adored. He is also survived by his brothers Richard (Tula) and Jim, and his sisters Kathy Hurlburt (Winston), Mary Ross (Albert), Jean Giffin, and Pat Meyers (John). John is preceded in death by his parents, John and Margaret. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 17th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Grace Fellowship Church 1300 N. Miller Rd. Buckeye, AZ. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 18th at 1:00 p.m. at Grace Fellowship Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to 13575 W. McDowell Rd., Goodyear, AZ.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 15, 2013
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