Percy Earnt Respect; Family Man Was Hard Worker and Community-Minded

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Percy Kerle

Born: Marburg, November 21, 1916.

Died: Ipswich, January 5, 2011.

PERCY Kerle was respected for his hard work in the community and loved by his family for his everlasting devotion.

Percy Kerle was born at Marburg on November 21, 1916 to Rosalie and Fred Kerle. He was the fifth of 11 children.

Baptised in May 1917 at Minden and confirmed on November 17, 1940 at Rosewood Lutheran Church, he attended schools at Mt Tarampa, Grandchester and Hidden Vale as his father moved the family from property to property.

He first worked in the Calvert area, building fences with his brother Bill, and also worked for Walter Collingwood at Hidden Vale.

Like his three brothers, he enlisted in the army in 1941, but after three months training was exempted from service and returned home so he could help produce food for the troops.

In June 1942, Percy married Mabel Profke and they had three children Co Marjorie, Doreen (who died in 2008) and Norman.

They share-farmed at Bremer View from 1943 to 1948. During that time Percy had his introduction to a tractor, having only used horses before then, and he also operated the first header in the Rosewood district.

The family moved to Lower Mt Walker in 1948 where they share-farmed for Dr Cornwall for three years.

Percy bought a Mt Walker property in June 1951 for 911 pounds 13 shillings. The school was down the road and within walking distance.

The family milked about 40 cows, did farming and grew small crops and was also involved with various forms of farm contracting. …

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