John Herman Kerksieck passed away at home early Sunday morning, on March 8, 2020. He was 61 years old. He was preceded in death by his parents, J.J. and Lorraine Hooks Kerksieck.
Raised in Ulm, Arkansas, he had an idyllic childhood with summers filled with playing baseball in the pasture and fishing in the nearby creek with his buddies. John attended Holy Rosary Catholic School, Stuttgart High School and Arkansas State University where he focused on business-ag. He put his education to good use as a farmer for around 40 years, serving on the White River Irrigation District Board and as an active member of the Ulm Civic Club. His pastime included lots of hunting and fishing. Later in life, John developed a passion for bird dog field trials and proved his natural ability with the sport as well as dogs when he became a member of the National Shoot to Retrieve Association (a regional and national dog retriever association).
He is survived by his wife Rana Gunter Kerksieck; daughters, Libby (Chris) Atkinson of Benton and Ashley (Paxton) Elliott of Little Rock; grandsons and his pride and joy, Ethan and Elliot Atkinson of Benton; siblings, Joan O’Dwyer, Ann Kerksieck and Peck (Michele) Kerksieck; nieces, Kelly O’Dwyer, Emily Kerksieck and Paige Seidenschwarz; nephew, Jacob Jackson Kerksieck; his beloved champion bird dog, Cait; and numerous friends and relatives whom he loved dearly.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 11, at 10 a.m. by Father Andrew Hart at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Stuttgart with visitation at Turpin Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 10, from 5-7 p.m. followed by a Rosary Service. Burial will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please donate to the Holy Rosary Catholic Church and/or Holy Rosary Catholic School.