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Donald Lee Kerr

Jun 28, 2008

GRAETTINGER – Funeral services for Donald L. Kerr, 56, of Graettinger will be 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28, 2008, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Graettinger. Family will greet friends from noon until the time of the service at the church on Saturday. Interment will be at St. Paul’s Cemetery of South Walnut Township.

Donald Lee Kerr was born June 17, 1952, in Estherville, the son of Howard and Doris (Raepe) Kerr. He was a 1971 graduate of Emmetsburg High School and attended Iowa Lakes Community College. Don was also a graduate of the Police Academy at Camp Dodge in Johnson.

On July 19, 1977, Don was united in marriage to Mary Clayton at Bethel Lutheran Church in Graettinger. The couple made their home in Graettinger. Don worked in several law enforcement agencies. He worked as a Palo Alto County deputy sheriff, police officer for the city of West Bend, Fort Dodge State Prison, and was currently employed as a correctional officer with the Rockwell City Correctional Facility.

Don enjoyed Dale Earnhardt, John Wayne, fishing, and woodworking. Most of all, he loved to spend time with his family. He was a wonderful husband, father, son, and friend.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Mary, of Graettinger and their two children, Gabrielle and Donelle Kerr of Graettinger; two other children, Kristen Lee and Cory Kerr of Rochester, Minn.; his mother, Doris Kerr, of Graettinger; sister, Vicki Rathbun (Steve) of Rochester, Minn.; brother, Tim Kerr (Kim) of Cylinder; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Howard; and an infant brother.

Joyce-Alesch Funeral Home of Graettinger is in charge of arrangements.