Imogene Kerr, a resident of Story Medical Senior Care in Nevada, passed away on February 20, 2021, at the age of 103.
Imogene was born to Harvey Millington and Jenny Grace (Richardson) McHone on June 30, 1917, the second of five children on the family farm in Elkhart Township, Polk County, Iowa.
Imogene attended the Cambridge and White Oak schools. She graduated from White Oak High School in 1934. Imy, as she was known to most everyone excelled in academics and athletics. She was a forward on the 1934 basketball team that played in the high school girl's State Tournament. Imogene was named second team all-state, was a runner up in the free throw shooting contest and was a tournament queen candidate. A triple threat! She played softball on the Elkhart and Huxley summer teams during her high school years.
After graduation, she took a trip to California via train with her grandmother Minnie Richardson. It was on that trip she met the love of her life, Ivan F. Kerr (big Ivan). She returned to Iowa and they had a long-distance courtship for three years. Imogene and Ivan were married on April 22, 1937, in Los Angeles, CA. Together they had three children: a son, Ivan Gene, born in Los Angeles, and two daughters, Linda Lee and Rhonda Lynne, born in Des Moines.
They returned to Iowa on a WWII troop train during the winter of 1943-44. Imogene owned and operated the Kerr's Cafe in Cambridge from 1945-1986 and along with Ivan, the Cambridge Theater before closing it in 1952. They also ran a small, short order cafe' and gas station from 1946-1948, known as Kerrville, located three miles north of Ankeny on Highway 69.
Imogene also owned and operated Kerr's Kourt, a resort in Rockaway Beach, MO, from 1973-1993. She ended her business career at the age of 76.
Imogene had a deep and abiding love for her family and friends and was a caring mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a hard-working entrepreneur. She was also an avid and lifelong fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes (LUTE! LUTE! LUTE!) and the St. Louis Cardinals (Stan the Man, anyone).
Imogene is survived by her son, Ivan (Sheryl) Kerr of Walnut Creek, CA; one daughter Rhonda Bagley of Cambridge; four granddaughters, Teresa of Boone, Lisa of Cambridge, Lisa of Roseville, CA and Christine of San Francisco, CA, eight great-grandchildren and thirteen great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband in 1953, her parents, her daughter, Linda Kerr, her three brothers, John Maxwell, Harvery Jr., Richard and her sister Phyllis.
A visitation and viewing will be held at the Rasmusson-Ryan Funeral Home (1418 Fawcett Pkwy) in Nevada on Friday, February 26, at 12 p.m. followed by a funeral service at the same location at 1 p.m. The service will be livestreamed on www.rasmussonfh.com
. Open Imogene's obituary, then click on tribute wall to watch. Burial will be at the Cambridge Cemetery following services. Face coverings and social distancing will be required. A luncheon will follow burial at the Dorcas Hall in Cambridge.
In Lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Cambridge Food Pantry in Cambridge.
Rhonda and Ivan extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Story Medial Senior Care for their ongoing tender, loving car during Imogene's residency there. It was all much appreciated.
Rasmusson-Ryan Funeral Home in Nevada is handling arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.rasmussonfh.com