Jay Kerr, of Mora, died on Monday, May 9, 2011 at the First Light Hospital in Mora. He was 87 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICES will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 14th at Grace Lutheran Church in Mora.
VISITATION will be from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Friday, May 13th at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora; plus one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.
INTERMENT will be at Oakwood Cemetery.
Jay Kerr, Jr., of Mora, MN died on May 9, 2011 at First Light Hospital in Mora. He was 87 years old.
He was born in Denver, Colorado on May 18, 1923 to Jay and Libby Marie (Reuter) Kerr. The family moved to Faribault, MN when he was in Junior High. He graduated from Faribault High School in 1942. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served four years during WWII. He had received an invitation to see the Registrar at Carlton College about attending there. While in Northfield to inquire about it, he gave two coeds a ride to the other college in town, St Olaf; and decided while on that campus he may as well speak to that Registrar. He registered for classes then and never did get over to Carlton. It was meant to be since he met his future wife there. He earned a degree in psychology and social work in 1949.
On July 23, 1950 he married Sigrid Ramstad and they were blessed with 60 happy years together. They had two sons, four grandsons and two great-granddaughters. Jay was very involved with his family and enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with them. They lived in Aitkin and Granite Falls where he was a social worker.
After some years he became a Boy Scout Executive when they lived in Mitchell SD and Marshall. His job included running training meetings for Scout Masters and summer camp for boy scouts. Although he loved the work; he felt he was not making full use of his education and spending too little time with his own boys; so after 5 years he went back to social work. Kanabec County was looking for a Welfare Director; he accepted the position and the family moved to Mora in 1960 where they have resided since.
Community activities in which he became involved included Grace Lutheran Church, local scouting and the Lions Club to name a few.
In 1969 he went back to the University of Minnesota to earn his Master’s Degree in Social Work, which he received in 1970. Now he worked for the State of Minnesota aiding and evaluating programs in the northern half of the state. He retired in 1986.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a half-sister, Ruth (Martin) Johnson.
He is survived by his wife Sigrid (Ramstad) Kerr of Mora; two sons Dr. Bruce (Lisa) Kerr of Onalaska, WI and Steve (Kathy) Kerr of Mora; four grandsons Karl, Ryan (Katie), Adam and Jesse; two great granddaughters Nora and Macy Kerr; also nephew Lynn (Marcia) Johnson; niece Barbara (John) Lager; other relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements included a visitation on Friday, May 13th at Akkerman-Ingebrand Chapel and Funeral services that were held on Saturday, May 14th at Grace Lutheran Church in Mora with Rev. Douglas Larson and Rev. Brenda Wicklund officiating. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery with lunch served at the church following the burial. Pallbearers were Jesse Kerr, Ryan Kerr, Adam Kerr, Karl Kerr, Kurt Redmond and Herbert Struss. Honorary Pallbearers were Dan Halsey, Rodney Knudsen, Richard Johnson, Gary Runquist, Marty Runquist and Stanley Kuchar.