Donald L. Kercher was born in Fargo, ND in 1938. He passed away on September 28th. Don lived his life quietly, with humility and humor. He felt called to help others, first as a priest in the Diocese of Fargo in the 1960s, and later as an addiction counselor at St. John’s Hospital and Southeast Human Services. His understanding and respect for all people served him well in these professions. He developed many lasting friendships. Don deeply loved his family and friends. After leaving the priesthood, he married his wife Patricia in 1974. Several years later, they welcomed their only child, Rachel. He shared a close relationship with his cousins, and enjoyed visiting with them as often as he could. His friends could count on him for help, or even just a kind word and a cup of coffee. Don lived a life guided by his faith. Although he left the priesthood, he was always trying to learn more about religion, faith, and the sacredness of creation. He freely shared his spiritual journey and understanding with those entering the Catholic Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. He also worked in Spiritual Services at Riverview Place after he retired from Southeast Human Services. He valued the time he spent working and praying with the residents and their families. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Adam and Ethel, and his wife Patricia. He is survived by his daughter Rachel, his honorary daughters Ida and Kristin, his beloved dog Sara, and many treasured cousins and friends. Don was a warm, caring and supportive gentleman, who will be missed by all who knew him.
Donald was a longtime member of CORPUS.