Charles R. “Chuck” Kerr, age 81 of Kahoka, MO, died Saturday, October 8, 2016 at his home.
Chuck was born June 17, 1935 at his parent’s farmhouse near Luray, MO, a son of Charles C. and Glennis Sommerville Kerr.
He was united in marriage to Wilma M. Oilar on August 3, 1958, at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Kahoka.
Survivors include his wife, Wilma, of the home; one son, Charles A. “Andy” (Lynda) Kerr of Kahoka; a daughter, LaDeann (Randy) King of Huntsville, MO; five grandchildren: Kylene (Donnie) Henderson of Huntsville, MO, Jim (Sara) King of Parkville, MO, Amy (Dennis) Ward of McFarland, WI, Charles Tyrel (Paige) Kerr of LaBelle, MO, and Audrey (Eric) Schlatter of Kahoka, MO; fourteen great-grandchildren: Katie and Gabby Henderson, Mara and Matthew King, Clay, Chase, Ciera, and Charlie Ward, Merena and Gabe Tournear and Emmalee Kerr, and Zane, Logan and Aubree Schlatter; two sisters, Doris Lee Bucy of Dallas, TX and Glennis R. Fritz of West Burlington, IA; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Roland (Francie) Oilar of Kahoka, MO, Robert Oilar of Revere, MO, and Donna Oilar of Kahoka, MO; as well as nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Leslie A. Kerr and his wife, Mary Ann; and five brothers-in-law, Robert Bucy, Verald Fritz, and Eston, Edward and Don Oilar.
Chuck was a member of the last graduating high school class of Luray School and his father was a member of the first graduating class. He was a Veteran of the U. S. Air Force. He enjoyed going on the Great River Honor Flight with his daughter, LaDeann.
Following his military career, Chuck returned to Clark County and worked as a mechanic for Austin Diehl. His next job was driving a truck for Bill Arnold at Home Gas. In 1973 he was able to purchase his own business known as Willcoxson Transport which he and his family have operated since that date and continue to do so. He was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Kahoka.
Chuck and Wilma traveled by motorcycle to 48 states, Mexico, and all seven provinces of Canada in the 1980’s with friends. Chuck loved visiting and looked forward to his twice a day visits to the local coffee shop. He worked very hard and was generous with his equipment and knowledge. For many years he provided the stage and equipment for the Clark Co. Fair and semi for transportation of band equipment for numerous trips and competitions. He gave lectures on handling anhydrous and leaks locally and outside of the area.
More than anything, he was proud of his family and loved spending time with them and sharing their accomplishments.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Pastor Dixie Laube. Special music included: “A Choral Benediction” performed by Audrey Kerr, accompanied by Ida Ross, ” Amazing Grace” and “Eastbound And Down”. Pallbearers were: Tyrel Kerr, Eric Schlatter, Donnie Henderson, Mark Plenge, John Oilar and Matt Plenge. Honorary bearers were: Ted Peterson, Gene Daniel, Roland Oilar, Robert Oilar, John Heinze, Deane Meinhardt and Mike Speer. Burial followed in the St. Paul Cemetery.
Friends may call at Wilson Funeral Home after 9 a.m. Tuesday with family receiving friends from 5-8 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to the Great River Honor Flight.