KERR, Robert A. “Bob”, 82, of Springfield, passed away Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Kindred Hospital in Dayton. He was born September 25, 1938 in Massillon, Ohio the son of Ralph and Mary (Westfall) Kerr. After graduating from Washington High School in Massillon Ohio Bob joined the USAF. Bob served as an Air Traffic Controller during the Korea war. Bob married his wife of 54 years Helen Morris in 1960 and remained in Springfield. Hired as a Springfield Police Officer in 1961 retired from Robbery and Homicide Division in 1991. Bob continued to work for the Prosecutor’s Office as an investigator, retiring in 2003. Survivors include his daughter Tammy & Barry Laughlin, Springfield; two grandsons, Robert Laughlin & fiancé Taylor Sowards and Tyler Laughlin; sisters-in-law, Shirley Kerr, Bonnie Kerr, Catherine Morris Gravenkemper, Betty Morris Kitts; brother-in-law, Denny Parker and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mike & Emma Jo Morris Burke plus many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Helen in 2014; brother and sister-in-law, Darrel & Izabelle Kerr; brother, Donald Kerr; brother, Milford Kerr; brother-in-law, Frank Kitts; brother-in-law, Carl Gravenkemper and sister-in-law, Marjorie Parker. Friends may call from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Tuesday in the CONROY FUNERAL HOME with funeral services following at 1:00 pm in the funeral home. Burial will be in Ferncliff Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
I am so sad in hearing that Bob has passed. Bob was my first partner when I joined the PD in 1965. Bob was a true and hones t policeman and be came a very close friend to me. Then again a partner when I was honored to be with him again Crimes against person unit until I retired. Bob Kerr was one of the finest men I have ever known. I will miss him and my deepest condolences to his family and Tammy
- Ron Menda
, Saturday August 7th, 2021
I was very saddened to read of the passing of Bob Kerr. Bob and I worked many cases together when I was at the prosecutor's office. He was always thorough, professional, and prepared. One of my favorite witnesses to call to the stand. We continued our friendship in the courthouse once I became municipal court judge. A number of us called him "Uncle Bob". It fit. My condolences to the family on the loss of such a good man.
- Judge Carey
, Monday July 12th, 2021
Tammy I'm so sorry about your loss my prayers are with you and the family
- Vicki Ross
, Sunday July 11th, 2021
To the Kerr family: Please accept our sincere condolences over the loss of Bob. I worked with him on the SPD for many a year, and always found him to be a compassionate, hard working police officer. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Unfortunately, we will be unable to join you at the services, but know that we will be with all of you in spirit. RIP old friend.
- Jim Ullom
, Sunday July 11th, 2021