1926 – 2016
RUMFORD — Lawrence R. Kerr, 89, died on Monday, Jan. 4, at the Rumford Community Home. He was formerly a resident of Bucknum Street in Mexico.
He was born in Rumford on June 16, 1926, a son of Rupert and Irene Gertie (Roberts) Kerr. He was a graduate of Stephens High School, Class of 1944. He served with the U.S. Army as a corporal 4th Base Complement Squadron and 485th Bomb Group where he was a flight engineer crew member on B-25s and later on B-29s where he was a mechanic and crew chief and served on the inspection team. Lawrence worked for Boise Cascade Paper Mill in Rumford in the quality control lab and as a lab technician, retiring in 1986 after more than 44 years.
He was a member of the Boise Cascade 25- and 40-year clubs, member and very active in the Mexico Congregational Church, Walton Lodge No. 142 K of P where he served many years as treasurer and was past chancellor commander, the Napoleon Ouellette Post No. 24, 40 & 8 club of the American Legion, Jurisdictional Lodge No. 1, IOOF and Purity Rebekah Lodge No. 56, IOOF, the Greater Rumford Senior Citizens Club and the Neighborhood Senior Citizens of Dixfield. He also served more than 36 years on the Mexico Fire Department.
Lawrence was married in Mexico on Aug. 22, 1948, to Edna Nichols. She died in Rumford on April 7, 2014.
Survivors include four sons, Allen and his wife, Joan, of Nashua, N.H., Lee of Winslow, Jack and his wife, Janis, of Sante Fe, N.M., Mark and his wife, Rebecca, of Dixfield; grandchildren, Darcy Kerr Davis of Goffstown, N.H., Ryan Kerr and his wife, April, of Brewer, Allison Kerr of Albany, N.Y., Lindsey Kerr of Soldotna, Alaska, Erika Kerr of Winslow, Mackenzie Kerr of Nashua, N.H.; great-granddaughter, Riley Davis of Goffstown, N.H.; a sister, Lois Hook of Newton, Conn.; and a brother, Clyde Kerr of Indianapolis, Ind.
He was predeceased by his parents, wife, two brothers and three sisters.
Friends are invited to sign the family guest book and share their thoughts, condolences and memories online at www.meaderandson.com.