Mass of Christian Burial for Duane Kerr, 90, of Marshall, will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall. Visitation will be Friday, October 8, 2021 from 5-7 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. at the Horvath Remembrance Center in Marshall and Saturday one hour prior to the service, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Interment with military honors will take place at St. Eloi Catholic Cemetery in Ghent.
Duane Paul Kerr was born on February 27, 1931 in Lawton, ND to George and Anna (Wischer) Kerr. When Duane was 5 years old, the family moved to the Minneota area. As a child, he attended a country school, later graduating from Lynd Public High School. As a young man, he enjoyed assisting his father on the farm and breaking horses. Duane served in the Army. He entered in 1952 and was stationed in Germany. Following his years of service, he returned to farming in the Russell area. Duane married Barbara Fischer on June 27, 1959 at St. Eloi Catholic Church in Ghent. The couple built a home where they raised their family of five children. Duane thoroughly enjoyed his work as a grain farmer, raising stock and feeder cattle and operating a gravel business. Duane had a variety of interests. He was a member of the Ghent American Legion Post. He enjoyed spending time at cattle sales, fishing, golfing, and refurbishing antique furniture. He could repair anything large or small. He enjoyed traveling to 50 states and many countries. As an avid reader, he would keep the Minneota librarians busy finding new books for him to read. Duane spent many hours attending plays, concerts and sporting events of his children and grandchildren. And, most of all, Duane loved to talk with people: those he knew, and any stranger that he met. He was a storyteller.
Duane passed away on October 5, 2021, at Avera Regional Medical Center in Marshall.
Duane is lovingly remembered by his wife Barbara, son John Kerr (Mary) and children Brett, Brandon and Jackson, daughter Mary Kerr, daughter Anne Moran (Wayne) and children Michael, Nathan, Nicole and Mark, daughter Peggy Rohe (Gary) and children Hannah Rose and William, daughter Jean West and children Katherine and Evonna, great-grandchildren Audrey, Margaret and Callie, sibling Margaret Mitchell, sister-in-law’s Helen Kerr, Beverly Kerr and Elaine Kerr. Duane was preceded in death by his parents, George and Anna, and siblings Warren, Jim, Hugh, George, Walter, and Albert.
Memorial donations may be given in Duane’s name to Prairie Home Hospice or the Minneota Public Library.