A gentleman with a sincere relationship with God, his family, and his friends, has been called away from this earthly life to the next. Russ Kerr, 60, of Bryan, passed away on January 23 at his second home in Colorado where he truly enjoyed being one with God. A Funeral Memorial Mass will be 10am Friday, January 31, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bryan. Russ’ family will receive guests for a celebration of his life including an open time for sharing memories from 5:30 to 7:30 pm with a Rosary and Wake service to begin at 7pm on Thursday, January 30 at St. Joseph Church. Reverend Monsignor John McCaffrey will officiate services. Arrangements are in the care of Callaway Jones funeral Home and Crematory. Upon completion of services, and in consideration of Russ’s wishes, he will be returned to his second home in Colorado. At a date yet to be announced, a celebration of life will be held in Westcliffe, Colorado.
Russ Kerr, the oldest of two boys, was born to Jack and Vernelle Caldwell Kerr in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Russ always had a passion for the outdoors and enjoyed sharing those experiences with his family and friends. He was a man who spoke kindly of others, as well as offered words of encouragement and guidance to those needing direction in life. Russ was successful inventor, entrepreneur, and businessman.
He married his true love, Kathy Bayer, on March 19, 1982. Together Russ and Kathy created a home not only for family but also for anyone who would stop by to visit. They shared a life together as prescribed in The Bible. Russ wholeheartedly adored Kathy as his bride. He unconditionally loved his children and grandchildren, who will cherish the wonderful times they all shared.
We are bidding farewell to a breed of honest and hardworking people that is slowly fading away from this life. In knowing Russ, you knew honesty, integrity and what true respect is. He embraced what we strive for in daily living, to be generous and kind to all.
Russ is survived by his wife Kathy Kerr, of 32 years; his children Cody Kerr, Logan Winn, Stephanie Henson and husband Jimmy, Cullyn Winn and wife Kimberly, Jerry Winn and wife Nancy; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his parents Jack and Vernelle Kerr; his brother Kevin Kerr and wife Glenda; mother-in-law Hazel Bayer; his sister-in-law Patricia and Claude Rosier his brothers-in-law Kenny and Janis Bayer, Michael and Janice Ann Bayer, Thomas and Linda Bayer; and his numerous nieces and nephews who he cared for as his own children.
In lieu of flowers the family as asked that memorial donations be given in Russ’ memory to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Our Lady of Assumption in Westcliffe, Colorado or Outdoor Buddies.