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Keith M. Kerber

April 12, 2019
Emmetsburg News

Keith Kerber, age 87, of Emmetsburg, died Sunday, April 7, 2019, at Lakeside Lutheran Home in Emmetsburg.

A Mass of Redemption will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 11, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg.

Inurnment will be in St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Emmetsburg. The Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg is in charge of arrangements.

Born Sept. 28, 1931, in Emmetsburg, Keith Merlin Kerber is the son of John David and Florence (Bell) Kerber. He received his education in Emmetsburg, then served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954.

On April 14, 1955, Keith was united in marriage to Ruth Ann Laubenthal. The couple was blessed with four children, Karen, Kent, Dan, and Dale.

They farmed for many years in the Emmetsburg area. Keith and Ruth's marriage of nearly 64 years provided a beautiful example of devotion and commitment and left a lasting legacy of love.

Keith was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing, and passed his love of the outdoors along to his children. Together they made many happy memories enjoying each other's company in the great outdoors.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth; four children, Karen (David) Beranek of Sioux Falls, SD, Kent Kerber and special friend Melodie Cooper of Emmetsburg, Dan (Marilee) Kerber of Greenfield, and Dale (Annette) Kerber of Sioux Falls, SD; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other extended family members.

Keith was preceded in death by his parents, John and Florence Kerber; three brothers, Winston, Lyndon, and Wayne Kerber; and a sister, Lois Borchardt.

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