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Obituary for Jack Kerby

Jack C. Kerby passed away Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 in Novi, MI. Husband of Barbara Wallace, he was born in Detroit to Jack and Ivah Kerby on Dec. 16, 1930. An Armaments Officer for the U.S. Air Force, he graduated from Ohio Wesleyan in Delaware, Ohio. Jack and Barb raised three children in Royal Oak. He earned an advanced degree from Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, and served over 40 years as a mechanical engineer for Chrysler Corporation, including overseas travel. Jack was a long-time Boy Scout leader for Troop 1629 in Royal Oak, a recipient of the Scout’s Silver Beaver Award, and honored with the Citizen of the Year Award in 2000 by the City of Royal Oak. He was an active church member, and descendant of Michigan lighthouse keepers.

He is remembered for his kindness, generosity, intelligence, and his unwavering faith in the Lord and love for his family. Jack is survived by his children Chuck Kerby (Tammy) of Dallas, TX, Cathy White of Livonia, MI and Cynthia Kerby (Ignatius Aloysius) of Evanston, IL; and his grandchildren Jeff Kerby (Cassandra) of Royal Oak, MI, Tim Kerby of Scottsdale, AZ, Jason White of Westland, MI, Justin White of Houston, TX, and Holly White of Livonia, MI. He is also survived by his niece Lesa Stuart (Mark) of Dallas, TX and their children Drew and Nicky; as well by Randy and Judy Agley and family of Grosse Pointe Park, and his cousin David Dietrich (Mary Jo) of Shelby, MI.

Family will receive friends on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 from 4-8 pm at Kinsey-Garrett Funeral Home, 420 S. Lafayette Ave, Royal Oak.

The funeral service will be officiated by Pastor Kent Clise at 11:00 am on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak, 529 Hendrie Blvd, Royal Oak.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Boy Scouts of America or the First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak. For the full obit please visit