Jim H. Kerber

Obituary for 1/23/14 of the Sierra Star

January 21, 2014 

Jim H. Kerber died on Jan. 9, 2014 at the age of 69.

Mr. Kerber was born on Sept. 17, 1944, in Fresno, to parents Henry Jr. and Dorothy Kerber and attended Fresno schools before graduating from Sanger High.

He moved to the Mountain Area 45 years ago and took up his home in Raymond and Ahwahnee.

Mr. Kerber served in the United State Army, including serving one year in Vietnam before returning to the United States and receiving his bachelors degree from California State University, Fresno State.

He was an avid accordion player from the age of five and played in several bands over the years, most recently with "Swing Connection," who played at the Black and White Ball in Mariposa, the Octoberfest and Mountain Days in Oakhurst.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Kerber is survived by his wife Collene, of Ahwahnee; his daughters Kim Protzman, of Madera, Belinda Jones, of Prunedale, and Deidra Riley, of Ahwahnee; sons, Eldon Riley, of Oklahoma, and Joe Riley, of Woodland, his brother Bob and sister-in-law Dickie Kerber, of Oregon, two nephews, 14 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday Jan. 25 at the Elks Lodge in Oakhurst.