Donald Eugene Kerby went to be with the Lord on August 1, 2016. He was born August 19, 1934 in Unionville, Missouri. Preceded in death by his brother William Marion Kerby, parents Nellie Mae Rucker Kerby and Ogle Leon “Lee” Kerby, brother Harold Edward Kerby, great-granddaughter, Hope Ellen Flattery, daughter-in-law Freida Ellen Kerby, sister-in-law Barbara Kerby. He married Patricia Ann Gott in 1953 (who is the mother of his children Richard, Robert and Brenda). He then married Ruth Janice (Greenfield) Punelli (who has a daughter Janis Hill) on July 11, 1981 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth of Des Moines; son Richard Kerby (Pamela Kline) of Urbandale, Iowa, son Robert (Amy) Kerby of Omaha, Nebraska; daughter Brenda Ram (Mike) of Omaha, Nebraska, and Janis Hill (Denny) of West Des Moines, Iowa, 8 grandchildren: Jason Lee Kerby, Tricia Ellen Kerby Flattery, Shannon Marie Ram Lang, Marshall David Kerby, Terah Jean Ram, Tressa Marie Kerby Greer, Andrew McIntosh Hill, and Grant Asher Kerby; 8 great-grandchildren: Jackson Lee Kerby, Gavin Matthew Flattery, Brock Patrick Lang, Kadyn Michael Lang, Joshua Lee Kerby, Kenzi Paige Lang, Zachary Ryan Flattery, and Carter James Flattery; nieces, nephews and friends.
He graduated from Unionville High School in 1952. He held various jobs throughout his life, with over 20 years at Anderson Erickson Dairy. During his 35 year marriage to Ruth being with their families celebrating special events and family vacations were some of the joys of his life. They loved to travel which include three summer mission trips and vacations with friends. One of his favorite pastimes was mowing for family, friends, neighbors and the church.
Visitation will take place from 10:00-11:30 am at New Life Church, 6036 NE 12th Avenue, Pleasant Hill, Iowa on Saturday, August 6th. A memorial service will be held immediately following the visitation at 11:30 am. A light lunch will be served following the service.
The family sends a special thank you to Mercy Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to New Life Church or Mercy Hospice.