Johnny Kerr, Jr, 96, formerly of Mosier, Oregon, and long-time resident of Salem and Coquille, died September 25, 2018, in Dallas, Oregon, 9 days before his 97th birthday. He was born October 3, 1921, in Portland, Oregon, to John Kerr Sr. and Maybel Hedberg. He attended many different schools before going out on his own as a teenager, accompanied by his dog.
Johnny enlisted in the U.S. Army on 5 September 1942, and was in the Military Police in the Pacific for the duration. He was one of the hundreds of thousands of GI’s who were relieved when they didn’t have to invade Japan when the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ended the war.
Johnny met Donna B. Heck in Mosier in late 1946 and they were married in Cascade Locks on March 11, 1947. Donna insists he never ever actually proposed, just telling her that he was going to marry her, now that he could afford to, having just received his tax refund of $35.
Johnny was a truck driver for most of his life, beginning with log trucks and operating almost anything with wheels over the years. He worked for Compton Construction and others and ended his career driving for the City of Salem.
Johnny and Donna lived in retirement in Coquille for many years until Donna became incapacitated from a stroke; when Johnny became unable to care for her, they both entered the Blue Haven care facility in Dallas, Oregon, where he died.
Johnny is survived by his wife, Donna Heck Kerr; daughter and son-in-law, Delores Kerr Lubbes and Eric Lubbes; grandchildren, Dawn Gordon, Angie Dubois and John Lubbes; and great-grandchildren Bryan Dubois, Aaron Dubois, Lorelei Lubbes and Jordan Lubbes; and his brother Jimmy Kerr.
Johnny was cremated and will be interred at the Mosier State Road (Old IOOF) Cemetery.
Johnny was a charismatic, carefree and genial man who’s passing will be felt with great remorse for all that knew and loved him and lament his absence.
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