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Donald Lee Kerr 1952-2008

Jul 1, 2008

GRAETTINGER – Donald Lee Kerr of Graettinger died Wednesday, June 25, 2008, near Estherville. He was 56.

Funeral service for Mr. Kerr was Saturday, June 28, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Graettinger. The Rev. Tedd Rieke officiated.

Burial was in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, South Walnut Township, Graet-tinger. The Joyce-Alesch Funeral Home in Graettinger was in charge of arrangements.

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 he attended Iowa Lakes Community College. Don was a graduate of the Police Academy at Camp Dodge in Johnston.

On July 19, 1997, Don Kerr and Mary Clayton were married at Bethel Lutheran Church in Graettinger. The couple made their home in Graettinger and Don worked for several law enforcement agencies. He was a Palo Alto County Deputy Sheriff and worked as police officer for the city of West Bend, and at Fort Dodge State Prison. He was currently employed as a correctional officer with the Correctional Facility in Rockwell City.

Don enjoyed Dale Earnhardt, John Wayne, fishing and wood working. 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, Kristin Lee and Cory Kerr of Rochester, MN; his mother, Doris Kerr of Graettinger; a sister, Vicki Rathbun (Steve) of Rochester, MN; and a brother, Tim Kerr (Kim) of Cylinder.

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

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