James B. Kerr, 75, of Vandergrift, passed away peacefully Friday May 8, 2020 in his residence with his family by his side.
Born June 29, 1944 in Kittanning he is the son of the late Robert Kerr and Ella Himes Kasacjak and had lived in the Kiski Valley most of his life.
He was the owner of the Dunmire-Kerr Funeral Home, Inc. in Vandergrift since 1968 and had attended the Vandergrift Presbyterian Church where he had served as an Elder.
He was a graduate of Vandergrift High School, Indiana State College and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
Jim was active with the George G. McMurtry Volunteer Fire Department #1 in Vandergrift for 21 years and had served as chief for many years, a coordinator and later Executive Director of Rainbow Emergency Control Center in Vandergrift, served as Mayor of Vandergrift for three terms during the 80's and 90's and had also been a member of the Vandergrift Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include his first wife Nancy L. Hazi of Sharpsville. His children Jason B. (Cindy) Kerr of Bell Township., Jaret B. Kerr (Nayan-Tara Kapur) of Washington Township., Jamie B. (Chris) Hallstrom of Vandergrift and Jordy B. Kerr (William Maringo) of Parks Township. His second wife Terri McClain of Natrona Heights. His children Andrew B. Kerr (Paige Babin)., Zakary B. (Taylor) Kerr and Ava M. (Matthew) Sipes all of Natrona Heights. Three grandsons Ethan J. Kerr, Rocko N. Hallstrom and Mason C. Hallstrom and a granddaughter Kinslee Kerr.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his brother Robert A. Kerr and his step father John Kasacjak.
Due to current health concerns all services will be held private. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the DUNMIRE-KERR & ROWE FUNERAL HOME, INC. 244 Franklin Avenue, Vandergrift. Interment will be in the Vandergrift Cemetery.
Our father loved Vandergrift with all his heart. On behalf of the family, we want to thank all those who loved him back in his time of need. Words cannot express our gratitude!
The Dunmire-Kerr & Rowe Funeral Home, Inc. will now be entrusted to Shawn Rowe his long term business partner and close family friend.
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