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GERALD S. KERR, 84, OF POTTSTOWN Gerald S. Kerr, 84, passed away on Wednesday, April 10, in his Pottstown home, as his family gathered around his bedside singing his favorite hymns. He was the husband of Gloria (Hauseman) Kerr, with whom he would have shared 60 years of marriage on May 16. Born in Pottstown, PA, he was a son of the late Robert and Theresa (Shanely) Kerr. Raised on Laurel Street, Gerald was an outgoing member of the Pottstown community. At the age of 14, he started working at Woolworth, later taking a job at Arrow Camera Shop. From 1950-1952, he served during the Korean War as a mess steward with the 3rd army 932 Medical Unit. After returning home from the service, he worked at Clover Leaf Dairies. Gerald worked the majority of his life as a driver for Mary MacIntosh of Reading. He was a supervisor in sales when he retired in 1995. Gerald was active in church his entire life. As a teenager, he was active at the Pottstown Youth Center. He was a member of First Church of the Brethren, Pottstown, where he was a youth leader, Sunday School teacher, deacon, song leader, choir member and board member. Mr. Kerr was a long term president of the Pottstown Federation of Bible Classes. For the past 20 years, he was a member of Trinity E.C. Church in Boyertown, where he sang in the choir. He was active in the senior fellowship and served as President for 15 years. Gerald was a proud member of the Pottstown community. He served as President of the South End Reunion for many years. Gerald and Gloria enjoyed followed the Pottstown High School Trojans and were avid Phillies and Eagles fans. Gerald was known for his fun-loving nature and knack for creating friends everywhere he went. His family and friends memories include his Labor Day brunch picnic, playing softball and volleyball, quoit tournaments, saving a block of seats at the Fourth of July parade, auctioneering at the family reunion and his love of chocolate milkshakes. Gerald left a legacy of kindness, love, patience, laughter and most importantly faith. Surviving in addition to his wife are five daughters, Bonnie, wife of Doug Trainer of Pine Forge, PA; Sherrie, wife of Jay Fazekas of Pottstown, PA; Terri, wife of John S. Gofus, Jr. of Pottstown, PA; Judi, wife of Bret Wrigley of Gilbertsville, PA, and Holly, wife of Lamont Paschall of Reading, PA; 15 grandchildren, Brad Trainer, Rachel Trainer, Sarah Zirkle, Nathan Fazekas, Danielle Moyer, John Stephen Gofus III, David Gofus, Blake Wrigley, Kale Wrigley, Seth Wrigley, Paige Wrigley, Brittany Paschall, Lamont "Kerry" Paschall, Briana Paschall and Micah Paschall; 15 great-grandchildren; one brother, William Kerr, husband of Joanne of Pottstown, PA, and three sisters, Shirley Swavely of Allentown, PA; Jean Sassaman of Pottstown, PA, and Janet Delp , wife of Robert Delp of Pottstown, PA. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert, Ralph, Kenneth and Samuel "Tommy" Kerr, and his sisters, Ethel Craddock, Dorothy Mutzhaus and Marlene Kerr. A viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at the Houck & Gofus Funeral Home, Inc., 955 N. Charlotte Street , Pottstown, PA, and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 15, 2013 at Trinity E.C. Church, 250 Sweinhart Road, Boyertown, PA, where services will follow at 10:30 a.m. Rev. John Freidland will officiate. Interment will be in Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown, PA. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.houckgofusfuneralhome.com In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Trinity E.C. Church, 250 Sweinhart Road, Boyertown, PA 19512.

Published in The Mercury on Apr. 12, 2013
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