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Leo James Kerber

Leo James Kerber, 83, a graphic artist, died Aug. 24, 2013, in Columbus.

He was born in Jamestown, N.D., on Dec. 11, 1929, to Joseph and Marie (Emo) Kerber. He attended his first year of school in Windsor, N.D. The family moved to Burlington, Wash., for their father’s health, and Leo Kerber attended school through eighth grade.

He finished his freshman year of high school at St. John’s Academy in Jamestown. After graduating from high school in Shakopee, Minn., Mr. Kerber attended art school in Minneapolis and began his career in graphic art at an advertising agency in Los Angeles. He spent the next 20 years as a graphic artist at Miller Western Wear and then as a graphic artist at U.S. West in Aurora, Colo.

When his Montana nieces were little girls, Leo and his brother Joe often traveled from Denver to vacation in Montana, where he spent hours drawing characters for their entertainment. His cartoons, entitled “Kerber’s Corner,” were published in a Denver publication called Life on Capitol Hill.

After retirement, he and his brothers moved to Montana. They moved to Columbus in May 2013, to be closer to family, due to his failing health.

Survivors include brothers, Joseph of Columbus and Tony of LaHabra, Calif.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Billings, with burial in Columbus.

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