November 15, 2013


James Michael Kerper, 86, of Carroll, Iowa, died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.

Mass of the Christian burial will at 10 a.m. Tuesday , Nov. 19, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Carroll with Father Timothy Schott as celebrant. Lector will be Tom Espenhover. Gift bearers will be Jane Schmitz and Julie Espenhover. Eucharistic ministers will be Laurie and Larry Mohr. Mass servers will be Joe and Michael Mohr. Pianist will be Marcy Anderson, and song leader will be Shari Schulte.

Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll with military honors conducted by the Carroll American Legion.

Friends may call after 3:30 p.m. Monday at Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll where there will be a rosary at 4 p.m. and a Christian wake service at 7 p.m. The casket will be moved to the church at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday when visitation will resume.

Online condolences may be left for Jim's family at

Born Nov. 20, 1926, at Willey, Iowa, he was a son of John and Anna (Balk) Kerper. As a young boy Jim attended St. Mary School in Willey through the eighth grade. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1945 and attained the rank of seaman second class. Jim worked as a press operator at the Daily Times Herald for 31 years. He then started Kerp's Tavern in 1974 and operated this until he retired. He was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, the Moose Lodge, and Maurice Dunn Post of the American Legion in Carroll. In his spare time he enjoyed golfing, watching sports on TV and going to horse races. Jim played cards on Fridays at the Roselle Tavern for many many years.

Surviving are two sisters: Edna Heithoff and her husband Floyd of Atlantic, Iowa, and Jolene Spellman and her husband Larry of Milwaukee, Wis.; two brothers: Larry Kerper and his wife Jen of Cleveland, Ohio, and Richard Kerper and his wife Carol of Cleveland, Ohio; a sister-in-law Pat Kerper of Doltan, Ala.; a brother-in-law Norman Dahl of Manchester, N.H.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and the following brothers and sisters: Wayne Kerper, David Kerper, Mary Jane Dahl, Maxine Rhoades, Mildred Renze, LouAnne Raemmaker and Jerry Kerper.