March 18, 1925 ~ February 12, 2017
Willis E. Kerr, age 91, went to be with the Lord early Sunday morning, February 12th, 2017, in Enid, Oklahoma.
Willis was born on March 18, 1925, in the house that he called home, in Caldwell, Kansas. He went all the way through school there and graduated from Caldwell High School in 1943.
Willis was always working, a paper route as a youngster, then in the grain elevator business (Wallingford Elevator) with his Dad, whose relationship he respected and treasured, then later partnering in that same grain elevator (Caldwell Elevator Company). He then worked with his two sisters at Miller Travel Service in Wichita, Kansas where he was the accountant and part owner. His true work passion though was farming and he was a “Farmer” through and through, farming his acreage just north of Caldwell.
Willis married the love of his life, Wanda Stanford on July 26th, 1959 in Caldwell, Kansas. They were married for 56 wonderful years.
Willis was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Caldwell, Kansas and served there in many capacities, the last few years as greeter at the east door. He was also a member of the Eastern Star and the Masons. Willis other interests included volunteering with recycle in Caldwell and helping others in need.
Willis was preceded in death by his wife Wanda Kerr, his parents, Asa and Pearl Kerr, his three sisters, Ruby Lupton, Nona Miller, Hazel Pierce and his brother Fern Kerr.
Willis is survived by his brother-in-law Paul Stanford and wife Peggy along with nieces, Debby Orcutt and husband Jake, Janice Adcock and husband Jack, Sherry Hesler and husband Larry, Dana Martinez and husband Juan, Peggy Crane and nephews, Rob Laptad, Darren Laptad and wife Kathy and many great nephews and nieces.
Willis will be remembered for his humble, loving and giving heart, along with his hard work ethic and he will be greatly missed by all!
Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m Saturday, February 18, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in Caldwell.
Memorials may be given in Willis name to the United Methodist Church and left in care of the mortuary.
Willis will be greatly missed
Bob Ginn - 02/13/2017
Willis will be greatly missed, as a contributing member of the community, as a valued neighbor, always a gentlman.
Kind and caring man
Veda McCants Mi... - 02/13/2017
I am so happy to be able to say that Willis was a very good friend to my dad. Willis was always there in both good and bad times. He was sure to be their for his friends and neighbors and give a helping hand. We have truly lost a very kind and good man.
Willis and family
LAVERNE CHAPMAN - 02/14/2017
I was so sorry to hear of Willis passing. I knew him and Wanda through Eastern Star and became a close friend. Willis was the sweetest and kindest man I knew. When you said something sweet to him his face would turn red and he would get a smile on his face and just chuckle. He will be missed by so many people but he is with the love of his life Wanda. Will keep his family in my prayers.
Sandy Stump - 02/15/2017
I was just reminising looking over the Christmas letters from Willis & Wanda from 2014 & 2015. Such wonderful people. I will miss them both. The last time I spoke to Willis in January he was missing home and missing Wanda. They are happy together now with our Lord in heaven. God bless them both and their family.
Enjoyed Kerr History in Caldwell
Charlie Kerr - 02/26/2017
We really enjoyed taking the kids to Caldwell and learing about the Kerr family history there, as well as visiting the farm. We will miss you Willis & Wanda!