In Memory

Nick Kero (A -Mechanic -Millwright) - Class of 2000

Nick Kero (A -Mechanic -Millwright)


Nelo 'Nick' Kero

MISSOULA - Nelo "Nick" Kero, 48, of Missoula, passed away at home on Wednesday, July 26, 2000, with his wife at his side, from an extended illness. He was born in Billings on December 14, 1951, to Benhart and Louise (Vanderloos) Kero. Nick was loved by all who knew him.

Derinda Kero, his wife, and Tauna Taylor, his daughter, survive him and live in Missoula. Nick has three grandchildren Matthew, Leah and Cheyenne. Family survivors include his mother Louise Kero of Anaconda; brothers Walt Kero of Missoula and John Kero of Kalispell; sisters Judy Krause of Billings and Mary Brown of Anaconda; four sisters-in-law, three brothers-in-law and nieces and nephews.

Nick was preceded in death by his father, Benhart Kero.

Nick graduated from Anaconda High School in 1970 and served in the ROTC program. Work was Nick's life, and he worked at the smelter in Anaconda and at sawmills in Philipsburg and Haines, Ark. He was a millwright at the pulp mill in Ketchikan, Alaska, and worked the last five years at the Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. pulp mill in Frenchtown, Montana. Nick was respected by fellow employees and had a reputation for getting the job done. He had a talent for welding both at work and making artwork which he made into gifts for family and friends. Nick loved to hunt, fish, be a prankster and pester people.

Nick was very involved in his church and was a God-fearing man. He was a member of the Church of Christ and was a frequent lector. Nick enjoyed reading scripture and was well-versed in the lessons from the Bible. He not only talked the talk, he walked the walk. "Footprints in the Sand" was a favorite poem.

Nick and his family wish to give thanks to all of the friends who were so very generous and supportive during his illness. Special thanks to Dr. Carla Davis, Hospice and the caring employees at Smurfit-Stone Container.

Memorial services were held August 4 at the Church of Christ on Higgins Avenue.

The family suggests memorials to Partners Hospice of Missoula, 500 N. Higgins Ave., Suite 201, Missoula, MT 59802, or the Church of Christ, 1528 S. Higgins Ave., Missoula, MT 59801.

Rest in Peace dear Friend.