Rev. Kenneth G. Duerr

Born: Sat., May 21, 1932
Died: Sat., Jan. 20, 2018


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Jan. 23, 2018
Location: Silas F. Richardson & Son, Inc.

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Wed., Jan. 24, 2018
Location: First Baptist Church of Leominster

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LEOMINSTER---Rev. Kenneth G. Duerr, 85 years old, of Leominster, died Saturday, January 20, 2018 in the LifeCare of Leominster. He is survived by his son Kenneth Duerr, Jr. and his wife Cathy of Fitchburg, two daughters Lynn Hart and her husband James of Fitchburg and Janice Underwood and her husband Joel of Fitchburg, two stepdaughters Jill Franciosi- Kaye of California and Julie Franciosi Jablonske and her husband James of Florida; his former wife and mother of his children Ruth (Grafing) Kelley of Fitchburg; two sisters Marjorie Nixon of North Carolina and Audrey Jester of Virginia, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 27 years Jean E. (Maxim) Duerr in 2015.

Ken was born May 21, 1932 in Brooklyn, NY, son of Clarence and Gladys (Lewis) Duerr and lived in the Leominster/Fitchburg area for many years. He studied at Nyack College in New York and went to seminary in Denver, CO. Ken had been the pastor at First Baptist Church in Merrick, Long Island, the Highland Baptist Church in Fitchburg and the First Baptist Church of Leominster. After his retirement, Ken remained very active in the First Baptist Church of Leominster.

In all things…May Jesus Christ be praised.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 24th at 10 am in the First Baptist Church of Leominster, 23 West Street, Leominster. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, January 23rd from 6-8 pm in the Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home, 106 West Street, Leominster. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 23 West Street, Leominster, MA 01453.

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Annette McEndarfer
   Posted Mon January 22, 2018
Just saw that Pastor Duerr has gone home to be with His Savior. Praying that the Comforter's presence will be sensed deeply. He sure was a blessing to me for many years. Thought the best of me when most thought the worst. He sure loved sharing the gospel and helping others learn how to do the same.

david birse
   Posted Wed January 24, 2018
I was saddened to learn of Pastor Duerr's passing recently, but glad and relieved his suffering is over;that he is with the Saviour He lived for, taught,preached and loved.I cherished both his teaching and teaching style in Sunday school at FBC.His humility, intellect,kindness ,gracious manner were so very exemplary.The man had the fragrance of Christ, loved others and was loved in return.My condolences to his family, close friends and FBC brethren who shared these same deep affections.The loss of one who walks closely to Christ can be the hardest to endure for those left behind;Pastor Duerr was such a man.He had such positive influence on all he met, making each person feel special,an audience of one.From halfway around the world here in Asia I sense the pain deep in my soul that so many others feel over his death.We give thanks and praise to God for displaying His grace,love and mercy in the chosen vessel of Ptr Duerr; we were the beneficiaries of this cherished man,a testimony to God's glory on display in this gentle,fruitful Christian.Truly He walked the life of one who knew Jesus in truth,in heart,in spirit.We are so very grateful to the Lord for Ken's earthly sojourn here,sorrow at the wound and void now very much present within,and rejoice that he is enjoying fellowship with King Jesus in the Heaven that the Savior spoke of in John 14.Let us learn to walk as did this man.We look forward to meeting our dear brother in glory,when the reunion will be complete,joyful beyond any description and sin and misery a thing of the past.Forever.Amen.
Psalm 116:15; Is 43:7, Ps 115:1

To Holy God be all glory forever.

David Birse, Missionary
Rodriguez Rizal
the Philippines

Beneta Hadley
   Posted Sun March 04, 2018
I wonder if he and Jim Casker are doing any silly skits in Heaven! They made quite a team. So funny. They were so energetic, talented, and worked so hard to deliver the way of salvation to the kids in Bible school, and their parents. His voice was perfect when he gave us instructions at the entrance of the Halloween obstacle course that we had one year. I missed him so much when he was no longer at Highland Baptist. He always used the scripture, "Be ye doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves" James 1:22, because of his name.

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