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John �Jack� Kerr

May 20, 1951 January 28, 2012
John �Jack� Kerr
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Obituary for John �Jack� Kerr

John �Jack� Kerr, a longtime resident of the Huron Valley area, died at his home in Highland on Saturday, January 28 after a long struggle with depression and a broken heart. He was 60 years old. Born in Detroit on May 20, 1951, he was the son of Bill and Sue (Fillips) Kerr who preceded him in death. He graduated with the 1969 Class at Walled Lake High School and enrolled at Oakland Community College where he met Deborah VanLeuven in a class on student government and three years later, the couple was married on August 22, 1975 in the Milford Presbyterian Church. Jack received his degree from Walsh College and went to work with World Computer before joining the Quality Assurance department at Ford Motor where he worked for nearly twenty years. He was widowed last year when Debbie died of scleroderma. They were the proud parents of their daughter, Jennifer.

Jack was a good husband and father, and before his physical disability and chronic pain, enjoyed the life that he and Debbie and Jennifer shared. He coached little league and enjoyed the local YMCA and serving at the Milford Senior Center.

In addition to his beloved daughter, Jennifer, he is survived by the older brother he always looked up to, Gerald J. (Jackie) Kerr; mother-in-law, Alice Ann (Vernon) VanLeuven Bilyeu; brothers-in-law, James (Carol) VanLeuven, Paul (Portia) VanLeuven; nieces, Shelia Kerr and Alicia (Robert) Starbowski; great-nephews, Ryan and Andrew and a host of extended family and friends who mourn his death and give thanks to God for his life among them.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 31st at 2PM at Milford Presbyterian Church, 238 N. Main St., Milford, with The Reverend Anne Schaefer officiating. Burial services will take place privately at Milford Memorial Cemetery following the service. Friends may visit at the church, from noon until the time of service on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the YMCA-Kids Club in memory of Jack. For further information please phone Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors in Milford at 248-684-6645.

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