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Thomas Jacob (TJ) Kerr
Thomas J Kerr Memorial
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Aug 19, 2017
Thomas Jacob Kerr Obituary Our beloved father, grandfather, and brother Thomas Jacob (TJ) Kerr, 87, peacefully left to be with our Lord on August 9th, 2017, at the Mi Casa Nursing Center in Mesa, Arizona, where he lived with his wife, Nancy. Tom, the first of five children, was born on December 10th, 1929 to Floyd and Anna (Werline) Kerr in Manchester, Ohio. Tom graduated from high school in Greenfield, Ohio in 1949, and served in the United States Navy until 1953. Upon his return to Ohio, Tom worked for the Columbus and Southern Ohio Electric Company for 20 years, raising his family in Delaware, Ohio. Following the family calling, he became an ordained minister in 1974 with the Church of Christ in Christian Union in Circleville, Ohio, and pastored at the Troy Chapel in Delaware. Over the next years, Tom further spread the gospel as a pastor in churches in Ohio, Arizona, Florida, and Wisconsin. In retirement, Tom lived near family in Crystal River and Crawfordville, Florida, before moving again to Arizona. Tom had many interests throughout his life, and most recently he enjoyed listening to music, visiting with people, testing the staff at Mi Casa, and telling stories. Sadly missed by survivors including his wife of 63 years, Nancy (Ferko) Kerr, and his five children, Brian (Marilyn) Kerr of Union City, CA, Cynthia Schapansky (Leigh Horne) of Gilbert, AZ, Lynn (Kevin) Anderson of Fairchild, WI, Thomas Kerr of Chandler, AZ, and Elizabeth Boyd of Tallahassee, FL. Also survived by his sister Beulah (Bea) Jones of Ohio, brother Paul (PW) Kerr of Florida, and brothers-in-law Harold Ferko and Ken Ferko of Ohio. Predeceased by his parents and brothers Donald Kerr and Howard (Barbara) Kerr. Also survived by eight grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. A memorial service will be held October 19th, 2017 at the Crossroads Nazarene Church, 2950 W Ray Rd, Chandler AZ 85224. Condolences, memories and photos can be shared on Caring Bridge.org . if you wish, donations can be made in Tom’s honor at Caring Bridge or your favorite charitable foundation.