Jean M. Kerr
July 9, 1924 to January 6, 2019
Long time West Linn, Oregon resident Jean Milton (JM) Kerr passed away Jan. 6, 2019.
We invite you to join us for his Memorial Service from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 6, 2019 at his childhood homestead, located at 5620 High Heaven Road, McMinnville, OR
97128 (west of McMinnville).
A potluck will start at 10:30 a.m., followed by the service at 1 p.m.
Jean was Henry and Sylva Kerr's seventh child, and was born on July 9, 1924 on Grand Island near Dayton, Ore. He died of natural causes at the age of 94, the last to pass of eight siblings.
He was survived by his wife of 67 years, Catherine, who died May 11, 2019. He is survived by his five children, Bruce, Barbara, Bryan, Bradley, Brent; ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Jean was born of a true Oregon pioneer mother and raised on the land his parents homesteaded in 1929, west of McMinnville. He graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland prior to entering the Marine Corp. Like many of his generation, his life was strongly influenced by military service. Jean served in the 1st Marine Division during WWII and was part of the landing force on both Peleliu and Okinawa. He fought on Peleliu 1944 (of the Palau Islands), Okinawa 1945, and in China 1946.
Upon returning to civilian life Jean made his living in the logging and construction industries and evolved to running his own business, JM Kerr Logging and Construction. He met his love Catherine Wollett; they married in 1952 and raised their family in West Linn.
He was actively involved in community service as West Linn grew contributing to local schools, participating in politics, leading fund raising for March of Dimes, Boy Scouts Troop 149 West Linn, as a founding member of NW Scots Guards, active member in VFW post in Lake Oswego, Lions Club and educating grade school and high school students about his WWII experience through Living History programs. He was constant in his commitment to neighbors and family in time of need, one example being the 1962 Columbus Day Storm.
He is missed.