Frank was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 30, 1933, to Ivy and Francis Kerby. Frank had three sisters Betty, Janet and Helen.
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Always a free spirit, dad left home at 17, after trying to join the Air Force but was too young and color blind. He traveled around with no permanent address. This left his mother with the difficult task of locating him when he was drafted into the Army during the Korean War.
Upon his return home from service, he met and married Marlene Penner (later divorced) and enrolled in Boise Junior College where he received his associate degree in mechanics. This vocation came naturally to him and keeping up on his education he soon became a master mechanic mentoring many up and coming new mechanics. After he retired from the State of Idaho, he was able to live out one of his dreams to move back to Emmett, Idaho, were he had once lived as a child.
Dad was an outdoorsman always camping and fishing, the best "fish story" being his record catfish weighing in at over 30 pounds(!) and, as he would tell, proudly caught on regular line and tackle. His favorite place most of the time was the middle fork of the Boise River. He knew all the best holes to fish. Rock hounding, fossil digging and treasure searching at second hand and antique stores were also fun pastimes for him.
Relationships were hard for him. The few of us who got glimpses into that side of Frank, knew that real emotions and love ran deep.
The peace and tranquility that he chased and for so much of the time eluded him has finally found him and only love remains ...
Frank was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Janet and Helen.
He is survived by his three girls, Donna Hallock (Larry), Debbie Diamond (Bryan) and Julie Kerby (Mark Farnsworth); five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and his sister, Betty Kerns.
As per his wishes, we will honor Frank with a military burial Thursday, May 9, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise. Cremation under the direction of the Potter Funeral Chapel Emmett.
Published in Emmett Messenger Index from May 2 to June 1, 2013
Potter Funeral Chapel
228 East Main Street Emmett, ID 83617