Fredrick W. Kerby, 85, of Kokomo, passed away at 6:08 a.m. on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at Waterford Place Health Campus in Kokomo. He was born August 15, 1934, in Kokomo, the son of J. Bernard and Esther P. (Duncan) Kerby. On October 19, 1968, he married Ruth Anne Miller, at Parr United Methodist Church in Kokomo, and she survives.
Fredrick graduated from Kokomo High School in 1951. He went to Indiana University in Kokomo for two years, then transferred to Purdue University in West Lafayette and graduated in 1956 as a Mechanical Engineer. He started working at Delco Radio, in Kokomo, in 1956 in radio engineering. He worked on Chevrolet and Studebaker radios. In 1958, he joined the Indiana Army National Guard and served for six years. He earned his Masters of Business Administration from Purdue University in 1963. Following that, he went into administration in engineering and spent most of that time getting new people for engineering and was involved in Human Resources. He then went into what was called Reengineering to help people change the way they were doing things and make new changes. He retired from Delco Electronics in September 1995. He enjoyed photography, had a passion for cars and was a member of First Friends Meeting in Kokomo.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his half-brother, Russell Huston.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, October 7, 2019, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home, 1315 W. Lincoln Rd., Kokomo, with Pastor Jonathan Newton officiating. Friends are invited to visit from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Private entombment will take place in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Fredrick’s memory to First Friends Meeting or to The Legacy at Waterford. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.
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