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“John was steadfast in his love of His Lord and his family. He always had a warm smile and a uplifting word to share. Heaven will rejoice with his...Read More »
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“Dear Janet and Family, We are so sorry to hear about your loss of John. He was a great man, a great American patriot. I am sure he will be missed...Read More »
2 of 3 | Posted by: Edward Snedeker - Family

“To Jan and family--please accept my condolences for your loss. John all ways treated me with kindness and respect. ”
3 of 3 | Posted by: Christopher Marquette - Friend


John David Kerby, age 72, died June 11th at Lawrence & Memorial hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan in Frankfort, MI to Richard and Laura Kerby in 1947. Mr. Kerby was survived by his beloved wife Janet and their children: Charlotte Lewis, Richard Kerby, Craig Kerby his wife Debra Kerby, Charlene Kerby, Christopher Kerby his wife Aida Kerby, Charity Conner with her husband Scott Conner, Beth Murallo and Brad Steiner, with thirteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. John served in the United States Navy with distinction, serving tours on river boats in the Vietnam War and surviving the 1969 fire on the USS Forrestal alongside John McCain. Throughout his long military service of twenty-four years he performed with honor aboard the aircraft carriers USS Enterprise and USS Constellation, He then went to submarine school and earned his dolphins serving the rest of his naval carrier as a submariner. John served his last tour as Chief of the Boat (COB) on the Los Angeles Class attack Submarine USS San Juan (SSN 751) and retired with the rank of Master Chief. John is most fondly remembered as an avid outdoorsman and a passionate fisherman. He patiently taught all his children to camp, fish and hike when home from sea. He was an active member of the Groton Bible Chapel, loving pet owner to his adoring Bella and avid cribbage player. There will be a private burial at The State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown, CT and Celebration of Life Ceremony at The Groton Bible Chapel to be held at a future to be announced date. Memorial donation in memory of John may be made to The Groton Bible Chapel,66 Tollgate Road, Groton, CT 06340.