John Sidney Kerr

1934 – 2015

John Sidney Kerr, of Edmond, OK died peacefully June 26, 2015 with his family by his side.

Kerr, John SidneyProceeded in death by his father, Ryan Kerr, mother, Etta Ward Kerr and his sister, Barbara Lee. John Sidney is survived by his wife DeDe Kerr, his brother, Richard Kerr and niece, Alicia Kerr. He is also survived by his son J.D. Kerr and his wife Meredith and their sons Joe and Johnny, his daughter, Liz Jones and her husband, Steve and their sons Cade and Carsen. John Sidney was born in Hollis, OK on May 7, 1934. He graduated from Altus High School in 1952 and then received a degree in Geology from The University of Oklahoma in 1956. While attending OU he was president of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, a member of the baseball team and ROTC. After graduating from college, he joined the US Air force in 1956, spending three years serving his country as a Navigator Bombardier. John Sidney then returned to the University of Oklahoma and obtained his law degree in 1961. Shortly thereafter he started practicing law with his father in Altus, OK. In 1969, he moved from Altus to Oklahoma City to a career in the oil business working for Apco Oil and later Woods Petroleum. He left the oil business in 1985. John stayed busy by working with special needs children and volunteering at the Cowboy Hall of Fame. In 2008, he retired from the Oklahoma Employees Group Insurance Co. John Sidney married DeDe Hancock in Eureka Springs on Valentine’s Day 1998. They spent 18 happy years together at Oak Tree where John Sidney pursued his passion for golf. He was a talented golfer that shot his age numerous times up until his final round. A dedicated family man, he spent countless hours enjoying his visits with his grandsons in Dallas. John Sidney will missed by so many people whose lives he touched with his kind spirit, gentle heart, signature smile, listening ear and ability to make you feel loved. He was an unbelievable story teller and also known to pull a good prank. His memory will live on all our hearts. Services to honor John Sidney will be held at New Covenant United Methodist Church in Edmond, OK at 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, Interment will follow with military honors at Waterloo Cemetery, Edmond, OK. Services are under the direction of Matthews Funeral Home.

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  1. In June, 2012 we here in Altus were hosting our 55th Class Reunion, and as John Sidney was the President of our Highschool Graduating Class in 1952; and as I was hosting this occasion in my home, I asked John Sidney if we would attend, and also speak to the attendees as the official greeter. His oration was so touching and well received by all. It was as if we were still in our senior year at Altus highschool, with Mrs. Peterson as our speech teacher, and John Sidney, as he was called, as our leader, and the day was filled with delightful reminders of the very good friend he was to all. On behalf of the Class of 1952, we know how much he will be missed by you as his family, and also by his many friends he made through the years. But, for Altus, Oklahoma, we are so grateful he spoke to our Class that one last time. Annelle Dobbs Barton

  2. John Sidney was a dear friend and fellow golfer. Kathleen and I send our thoughts and prayers to the family. He was a kind spirited man who loved a game of golf. I cherish our many great trips to Karsten Creek and the enjoyable times we experienced.He touched many with his humor and grace and will be missed.
    Tim & Kathleen O’Toole

  3. Liz and J D, so saddened by the loss of your Dad. He was a dear friend. He will be missed. We had many good times together over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Iva Nell Templer

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