Russ Kerr

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.


  1. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you and your family are in my thought and prayers. Russ was a good friend. Please let me know if I can help in any way. Terry

  2. Kathy, although I did not know your husband, he sounds like a fine person. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Cissie Wallis Poole

  3. We feel so lucky to have met Russ, if only a few times. I know he will also be greatly missed by my parents the Eastwoods as well. We are thinking and praying for all of you. Josh and Julie Hester

  4. Kathy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. The Lord called home a very respectable man.. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Maria Flack & family

  5. Kathy, so sorry to hear of your loss I kept up with all the pictures you posted of your home in Colorado . Your husband and you always looked so happy there. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  6. Kathy, my heart breaks for you. Ross was one of the kindest men I’ve ever met and I know that he loved you from the moon and back. My thoughts and prayers are for you and your family. Hugs!

  7. Kathy and Family,
    Our hearts our broken with the news of Russ’s passing. We never gave up hope that you two would be our neighbors again! Russ was so special, one in a million. We have so many fond memories of him, and to this day still laugh out loud when we remember some of his stories. God has gained a very special angel. He will always be alive in our wonderful memories.
    Laura and John Gelderd

  8. Jack & Vernelle, our heartfelt prayers are with you and the rest of the family in this time of loss and grief. We pray that “the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

  9. Our love and prayers go out to you and your family. Russ was such a special person. We know God is with you during this difficult time and the memories will be forever there be there of someone so special

  10. Dearest Kathy & family, we were shocked and saddened by your loss. Please know that you are in our daily prayers for God’s love and comfort to surround you all in your time of grief. Prayers for peace and knowledge that Russ will live on in all the hearts and lives he has touched. With our thoughts and prayers, Larry & Joy Lowe

  11. Kathy, I am so very sorry for your loss. You, family, and friends will be in my prayers during this difficult time.

  12. Kathy, How sad I was to hear of your loss. With God’s Grace and Love, he will get you through the days ahead. Cherish the precious memories you and Russ made together and he will forever be in your heart.

  13. My thoughts and prayers are with Russ and his family. Russ was a true gentleman. He was a distinct man with his cowboy hat and boots, he stood out when he visited our Philadelphia office. So knowledgeable and passionate about our fan brace products. No one could demonstrate them with the same passion. He will be missed.

  14. Those we hold closest to our hearts shall never truly leave us, they live on in the kindness they have shared and the love they have brought into our lives – Author Unknown

    Since realizing that you’re gone, our minds have been a blur,
    We will really miss you, Jack Russell Kerr

  15. May God wrap his arms of love, strength and comfort around you during this time of sorrow. I met Russ back in the 70’s at a basketball tournament that was being held in our school. He was a very friendly and nice young man.

  16. Dear Kathy, you have my deepest sympathy. I know what you are going through and it is not an easy trek. Remember Russ is right beside you all the time. Love You, Gary

  17. Kathy and family, we are extremely sorry to hear about your loss. T.C. and I have very good memories of Russ. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, T.C. and Misty Flack

  18. I was just a kid when I knew Russ. He taught me all about Basketball, Willys Jeep Wagons, Standing up for myself, and girls. He was like a Big Brother to me in so many ways. I haven’t seen him in so long, that I can’t express how shocked I am, that he is gone. I watched him go from a City Boy from Dallas to full fledged Country Boy in Athens. He was Loved by my Family Very Much. Russ was a truly unique Man. My Prayers are for Kevin and Your Mom and Dad. I am Very Thankful, that the next time I see Russ, it will be in Heaven!

  19. Kathy and Russ, been thinking of ya’ll for the last week. Our true sympathy for true friends. Miss read the obituary and missed visitation. (Part of the Hall of Fame Gang)Take Care, Bennie Ray and Patrice Sebesta. Snook, Texas

  20. Kathy and Family, we are sorry for your loss, but know that you have many wonderful memories to sustain you through this sorrowful time. God bless you all.

  21. Kathy and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of our loss. We felt so lucky to gt to know Russ. He was always larger than life in his generous spirit and friendly way. We grew up in Wyoming where they talk about “the code of the west”. Russ embodied that in every way. We are thinking of you and sending our prayers.

  22. Kathy and family, Tim and I are in Florida for the winter and recently heard of Russ’s sudden passing. We were absolutely stunned, as were so many people in Westcliffe. He was a dear, sweet, gentle soul who loved his family and certainly made an impact on us all. We send our thoughts and prayers to all of you at this terribly difficult time.

  23. Russ was a huge part of our lives in East Texas. We still think of him and send prayers to his family and other friends. Mom and I were just talking about him this morning. Still a shock that he’s gone and still missed by many. He passed just seven months before our dad. I’m sure they hugged in Heaven.

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