Obituary of Stewart Kerr
Stewart Kerr, 86, passed away at home on Saturday morning, November 20, 2021. Formerly of Audubon, PA, he was a resident of Lederach, PA for the last 11 years. He and his wife, Joan M. (Zimmie) Kerr, celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on June 8th of this year.
Born December 23, 1934, in Dickson City, PA, he was the son of the late Stewart Kerr, Sr. and Helen L. (Fyfe) Kerr. He was a graduate of Dickson High School and a U.S. Navy veteran. He spent four years at sea aboard the USS Siboney CVE-112 and was on the pre-commissioning crew of the USS Hornet CVA-12 in the early 1950’s. Following that time, he spent 30 years with the U.S. Navy Seabees. He spent ten years as an enlisted man then was promoted Chief Petty Officer to Commissioned Chief Warrant Officer, Civil Engineer spending 24 years as an officer.
Mr. Kerr received his degree in mechanical engineering in 1962 at Johnson Technical College. He belonged to the National Association of Power Engineers, The Pulp & Paper Association, The Black Liquor Recovery Boiler Association, The National Board of Safety Engineers, and the National Board of Boiler & Pressure Vessel Inspectors. He retired from F.M. Global as a senior engineering officer.
Mr. Kerr was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, National Association of Uniformed Services, National Association of Military Engineers, and Military Officers Association of America. He belonged to the USS Hornet Association where he served as chairman of the board for nine years, and the Seabee Veterans of America. He was a 50+ year member of the Kingsbury Lodge #466 F. & A.M., and Keystone Consistory. He was an active member of Lower Providence Presbyterian Church where he served on the property committee and as an elder.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Lisa E. Knauss and her husband, Dean, of Schwenksville, PA; and a son, Eric A. Kerr, and his fiancé, Donna Kemmerer, of Lederach, PA. He is also survived by triplet grandsons, Spencer, Logan and Garrett Knauss, as well as grandson, Evan Kerr. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Agnes S. Conniff and Mary S. Hartman.
Family will receive friends from 10-10:45am on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at the R. L. Williams, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. 3440 Skippack Pike at Cedars Rd., Skippack, PA. The public funeral service with military honors will then take place at 11:30am on Wednesday at Good Shepherd Chapel & Mausoleum at Limerick Garden of Memories, 44 E. Arcadia Dr., Limerick, PA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation by calling (510) 521-8448, ext. 238. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.RLWilliamsFuneralHome.com.