Fred Albert “Buddy” Kerber, 74, residing in Sandusky, passed away late Sunday evening, Jan. 6, 2013, in Stein Hospice Care Center, after an extended battle of illnesses and setbacks.
Bud was born June 10, 1938, in Sandusky, son of the late Frederick A. and Virginia (Moots) Kerber. Bud was a graduate of Sandusky High School.
He was a U.S Army veteran serving two years as a sergeant with the Military Police stationed in Germany.
Bud retired from the Sandusky Fire Department in 1988 after 26 years of service. In 1969 he founded Kerber Exterminating Inc. “All Pest” and served as chairman of the board. Bud was the fourth generation Kerber to be in business in the Sandusky area in the building built by his great-grandfather in 1888 and will be carried on by his son Brad Kerber.
He was a member of Holy Angel’s Catholic Church, the Holy Name Society, where he served on various committees throughout the years; the Ohio Pest Control Association and was a long time committee chairman; National Pest Control Association; the Perkins Kiwanis Club; American Legion Post 83; the Sandusky Yacht Club, Oriole Club; the Catholic Cemetery Board; Catholic High School Athlete Association; AMVETS Post 17; and was a former member of St. Mary’s School Board.
He was an avid book reader of world history, biographies and autobiographies of presidents. Bud’s secret ambition was to be a history teacher and business consultant. Bud also enjoyed reading, the stock market, watching classic movies, football and spending time with his family and friends — especially Mike Yost and Mel Saferstein. Bud truly enjoyed his lunch hours at the Oriole Club and Wendy’s with his buddies.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Janet (Schnurr); two sons, Jeff (Kathy) Kerber and Brad Kerber, of Sandusky; one stepdaughter, Kimberly (John) Seder, of Sandusky; one half brother, Ronald (Bonnie) Van Zandt; two grandchildren, Lauren and Ryan; three stepgrandchildren, John, Kristina and Joseph; one step-great-granddaughter, JoeLee; and his nieces and nephews; his special “brother-like” friends, Mike Yost and Gene Edwards who brought lunch to him every Friday for the last eight months.
A special thank you to Dr. Robert Rice for his care and friendship during the last eight months. Lisa Willis of Cleveland University Hospital for her loving concern, guidance, support and friendship to Bud and his wife. All the Angel’s at Stein Hospice who helped Bud along his bumpy road to our Savior, and Jennifer who was his private angel every Wednesday — she made the road even smoother.
Friends may call 3:30-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Groff Funeral Homes and Crematory, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, where prayers will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, followed by 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 428 Tiffin Ave., Sandusky. The Revs. Joe Steinbauer and Kris Kardzis will co-officiate. Entombment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Sandusky.
Those wishing to contribute to Bud’s memory may do so to: Holy Angel’s Catholic Church, 1605 W. Jefferson St., Sandusky, OH 44870, Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870 or to one’s favorite Charity.
Condolences may be shared at grofffuneralhomes.com.