Jean Templeton Kerr
February 12, 1921 - January 24, 2012
Birthplace: Red Oak, IA
Resided In: Atlantic, IA formerly Elliott, IA

Visitation 1/26/2012
Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel
Service 1/27/2012
Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel
Burial 1/27/2012
Evergreen Cemetery

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Jean Templeton Kerr, age 90, of Atlantic, Iowa formerly of Elliott, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at the Atlantic Nursing and Rehab Center. Shirley “Jean” Templeton Kerr was born February 12, 1921 in Red Oak, Iowa the daughter of Emil and Otelia (Swanson) Peterson. She was raised in the Stennett area where she also attended school. Jean was united in marriage to William Templeton on December 26, 1936 in Red Oak, Iowa. To this union four children were born. They lived near Stennett and Red Oak before moving to the Elliott area in 1948. William preceded Jean in death on Thanksgiving Day 1965. Jean worked at JC Penney Company and later Holiday Inn before her marriage to Harlan Bierbaum on July 9, 1978. Harlan preceded her in death on March 21, 1985. On January 31, 1987 Jean was united in marriage to Don Kerr and they made their home in Manilla, Iowa. Jean enjoyed all of her many friends and family playing cards, fixing great food and going to dances. She was a member of the Elliott United Methodist Church, the ONO Club, the Research Club and enjoyed other neighborhood activities. She spent many winters in Apache Junction, Arizona being a “snowbird”. Jean moved to the Griswold Assisted Living Unit in August 2005 and in 2008 moved to the Griswold Care Center. The Atlantic Nursing and Rehab Center has been her home since June of 2010.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husbands: William and Harlan; children: Bill Templeton, Tom Templeton, and Shirley Berry; son-in-law: Dennis Berry; sisters: Irene Carlson, Helen Hoffman, and Phyllis Franklin; and brothers: Vernon, Donald, Maurice, and Kenneth Peterson. Survivors include her husband: Don Kerr of Manilla, IA; daughter: Diane Carspecken and husband Richard of Atlantic, IA; grandchildren: Heather Baker, Holly Hinrichs, Dave Berry, Sue Berry, Jebb Templeton, Travis Templeton, Melissa Heuck, Walker Templeton, Bill Templeton, Tom Paul Templeton, and Ann Jones; many great grandchildren, sister: Marilyn Limke and husband Jerry of Des Moines, IA; sister-in-law: Mary Helen Peterson of Elliott, IA; many nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 2 PM Friday, January 27, 2012 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel with Rev. Terry McClain officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held from 7-8 PM Thursday, January 26, 2012 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


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