William Henry Kerr
Truckee lost another of its finest, Bill Kerr, last Friday, after a courageous battle against kidney cancer. Bill was born in Zell-am-See, Austria, on July 14, 1953, and moved to the United States at age 2. He grew up in Wrightwood, Calif., and graduated from Apple Valley High School. Bill settled into Truckee 24 years ago, establishing a custom log home business, designing and building beautiful log homes throughout the Tahoe-Truckee area. He leaves the love of his life of more than 25 years, Nancy, as well as his beloved son Brian, stepdaughter Robin and granddaughter Gracie. He also leaves his extended family of cherished friends.Bill was preceded in death by his father Bill Sr., and is survived by his mother, Theresia and siblings, Jim, Bob, Betty and Lisa.Bill had a lust for life, always opting for more play and less work. He loved traveling with his friends and family, watching Giants games from spring training to the playoffs, playing video poker with the boys, and of course golfing, a game he approached with a passion, but never could quite master. He enjoyed good music and dancing with his wife. His love of toys was his lifetime hobby, including his boat, motorhome, numerous motorcycles, computer games, power tools, back hoe, and big TV … none at any time in full working order. Bill was never happier than when he was surrounded by his friends. He had no agenda, only a genuineness and sincerity that endeared him to everyone who met him. Bill will be missed, but not forgotten for his ease of laughter, tender heart, beautiful brown eyes, and ability to soak up the moment.A ceremony celebrating Bill’s life will be held at 4:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29, at Judah Lodge at Sugar Bowl. The road to the lodge is across from Donner Ski Ranch. Donations can be made in Bill’s name to the California Kidney Cancer Foundation, 2100 Webster St., ste. 326, San Francisco, CA 94115, or to a college fund for his son, Brian Kerr, at the Bank of America Truckee branch administered through Alder Creek Middle, 582-2750.
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