Duane  Kerr
Billy Duane Kerr, age 85, of Bethpage, MO, departed this life January 1, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.
Duane was born October 15, 1934, to Ovan and Grace "Pogue" Kerr, at Stella, MO.
He graduated from Rocky Comfort High School in 1952. After graduation, he moved to Wichita, KS and worked for Coleman Heating. He also served in the Army National Guard from 1952-1960. In 1955 he moved to Kansas City, MO, and was employed at Central Armature Electric Company.
He was united in marriage to Shirley (Cox) Kerr on February 5, 1956. To this union came a son and daughter.
In July 1965 they moved to their farm in Bethpage, where he currently resided. Upon moving to Bethpage, Duane worked at Reco in Noel, MO, and later in Lowell, AR, where he worked until his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Ovena Green and JoAnn Talley; brothers, Jerry Kerr and Bobby Kerr; and sister-in-law, Delores Bowman.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley, of 64 years; two children, Mike Kerr and wife, Shelly, and Kim Wolff and husband, Kelly; grandchildren, Harrison Kerr and Alexandra Kerr; and seven step-grandchildren. Survivors also include siblings, Jim Bowman, Wanna Lou Orth (Keith), Linda Poe (Jack), brother-in-law, Louis Talley; as well as many special nieces and nephews; also surviving is the mother of their grandchildren, Robin Kerr.
Duane was a member of Union Chapel Church, where he also served as a board member and sang in the choir and specials with his wife. For the last nine years he attended Living Word Mission Church, where he was a faithful member. Duane loved his farm and cattle and making gardens, but most of all he loved his family. The love of his life Shirley was his caregiver for the last nine years.
Special thanks to Avalon Hospice for his last days at home and caregiver, DeAun.
Memorials may be made to the American Stroke Foundation, American Cancer Society, Living Word Mission or the memorial of your choice.
Funeral services are 10 a.m. Monday, January 6, in the Anderson Chapel of the Ozark Funeral Homes, with Pastors Billy Jo Gentry and Mark Sumler officiating; with Alex and Harrison Kerr delivering the eulogy. Burial will follow in the Union Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday afternoon from 2-4 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through our website ozarkfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Ozark Funeral Home, in Anderson, MO.
Published on January 3, 2020


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