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Dr. William R. Kehr

Dr. William R. Kehr, age 89, died Friday, Nov. 1, 2003 in Surprise, Ariz.

Willima was born the son of John and Mary Kehr July 1, 1921 in Blue Earth, Minn.

After a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Minnesota he served four years as a naval officer in the South Pacific.

He married Marie Sterner and they are blessed with three children and five grandchildren.

After a master's degree from Kansas State, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, he served as head corn breeder for Del Monte before joining the United States Department of Agriculture at the University of Nebraska as research scientist and professor.

Bill mentored numerous graduate students from around the world. He holds membership in many professional societies and is the recipient of many awards including a fellowship in the American Association for the Advancement of Science as well as the American Society of Agronomy.

He is listed in Who's Who in Science, Who's Who in the World, Technology Today, and Leading Consultants in Technology.

The author or co-author of over 200 publications, he also did much domestic and foreign consulting.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Dr. William Kehr was Saturday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. Father Paul L. Wolf was the Celebrant, and interment with military rites followed at Holy Trinity Cemetery.

Friends called Friday, Nov. 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted.

An American Legion ritual and a prayer service were also conducted Friday evening, Nov. 14.

Honorary casketbearers were Sarah Stucky, Michelle Kehr, Lindsey Kehr, Barbara Bittner, Kathy Dols and Tom Sterner.

Casketbearers were Michael Stucky, Geoffry Kehr, Jeff Sterner, Jim Sterner, Greg Becker, and Richard Kehr.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.

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