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John “Joe” Kehr, 76

Oct 20, 2019

Joe Kehr

Blue Earth John “Joe” Kehr, age 76, of Blue Earth passed away Saturday, October 12, 2019, at the United Hospital District. A memorial service was held Friday, October 18 at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Fr. Mulligan officiated. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery.

Joe was born on April 24, 1943, in Emmetsburg, Iowa, to John and Ruth (Joynt) Kehr. He graduated from Emmetsburg Catholic High school in 1961; attended Iowa Lakes Community College; Toledo School of Meat and he served in the Minnesota Army Reserve. On July 31, 1965 he was united in marriage to Ann Brennan. Together they raised three children, John, JoAnn and Julie.

Joe first worked at Elmer’s SuperValu in Blue Earth as a meat cutter and meat manager for several years. He then worked for Juba’s SuperValu as meat manager and store manager until 1989. He later worked in food sales with other companies. He retired in 2014. Although retired, he was never one to sit still, he enjoyed working part time with Bruce Gudahl “Hoot” doing construction side jobs. He also enjoyed golfing, doing yard work for himself and others, watching sports, including cheering, ‘coaching’ and ‘reffing’ our Blue Earth Area Bucs from the sidelines, and attending his grandchildren’s events. He could be seen several times a day going for rides with his best buddy, Betsy (the beagle).

He was a member of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, American Legion and Knights of Columbus.

Joe is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ann; his children, John (Kelly) Kehr, of Mora, JoAnn Hannaman (fianc Marc Darrington), of Blue Earth, and Julie (Matt) Origer, of Spencer, Iowa; nine grandchildren, Meghan, Madeline, Colin, Nicholas and Brennan Elsbecker; Tyler and Erin Hannaman and Leah and Anna Kehr along with his precious great-grandson, Liam; his siblings, Louise (Jack) Ryan, of Woodbury, Richard (Alice) Kehr, of Spencer Iowa, Michael (Yolanda) Kehr, of Emmetsburg, Iowa, Jean (special friend Randy Peterson) Hilbert, of Britt, Iowa, Jane (Gary) Hilbert, of Wesley, Iowa, Ann (Mike) Ryan, of North Mankato; and sister-in-law, Barbara Kehr; two aunts; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding him in death were his parents; brother, Bill; brother-in-law, Larry Hilbert; and infant niece, Lisa Hilbert.