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David Max Kercher

Mr. David Max Kercher reposed on his sweetheart, Mrs. Betty Noreen (Raycroft) Kercher’s  92nd birthday, June 26, 2022.

He was born in Goshen, IN on November 18, 1931  and raised in Goshen where he grew up , working the apples, peaches and sweet corn on the family orchard farm. It was in Goshen where he  met and married Betty.

David has always said he was the black sheep of the family since he left Sunrise Orchards in Goshen, joined the Korean conflict, then chose a career in mechanical engineering, taking him East. He served as sergeant in the USAF between 1950 and 1954, training as a B-36 aircraft mechanic, and was assigned to Strategic Air Command at Carswell Field, Fort Worth, a fuel-cell specialist mechanic, and then USAF Reserve 1955-1958. He graduated Goshen High School in 1949, earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, 1958, and a Master of Science degree from the University of Cincinnati, 1967. 

A retired gas turbine heat transfer mechanical engineer, David celebrated more than 40 years with the General Electric Company before concluding his career as a principal in 2002 at Lynn. During his tenure he held various positions in turbine cooling and heat transfer management with GE Aircraft Engines, working in Burlington, Vermont, and Cincinnati, Ohio, including sub-section manager in GE's industrial gas turbine department, Schenectady, New York.

A seasoned researcher and inventor, he contributed research to numerous GE gas turbine heat transfer in technology papers, and held 12 patents in gas turbine cooling in aircraft jet engines.

As a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, he excelled as vice chairman and chairman of the gas turbine heat transfer committee, and as member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International Gas Turbine Institute, a lifetime member of the American Legion, and an honorary member of Pi Tau Sigma and Tau Beta Pi. In 2020, Marquis Who's Who presented him the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

He was a volunteer docent for the Ipswich Museum Historical Society, was an avid reader, enjoyed history and old radio and TV westerns like The Lone Ranger and Gunsmoke. He was loved; his memory fond; and he will be missed. 

In addition to his wife Betty of sixty-four years  he  is survived by their seven children, four sons and three daughters: Mrs. Kimberly S. Wilson and her husband Allan of New York; Capt. Matthew R. Kercher (USN-Ret.) and his wife Ellen of Chelmsford; Mr. Andrew D. R. Kercher, Mr. Steven R. Kercher and his wife Marcia, and Ms. Elizabeth J. Kercher of Ipswich; Mr. Jason R. Y. Kercher and Hannah of New Jersey, and Ms. Amy N. Kercher of New York; nephew Mr. Thomas W. Kercher and his wife Maureen (“Mrs. Apple”) and niece Mrs. Janet Kercher-Dudley and her husband Steven, both of Goshen, Indiana; 12 grandchildren, scattered here and abroad: Ashley (Shaun), Megan (Sara), Joshua (Jan), David, Robert, Meredith, Shalom, Maria, Mission, Myles, Timothy, and Anna; and two great-grandchildren, Eleanor and Gregory. He was predeceased by his only brother and sister-in-law Mr. and Mrs. William H. and Mary Lou (Rish) Kercher, his parents Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell M. and Rosemary (Harper) Kercher, two aunts and an uncle, all of Goshen, his hometown. He also leaves many relatives, in-laws, friends, and acquaintances who thought he was a good egg.

The rite of Christian burial with military honors will be held at New Linebrook Cemetery, outer Linebrook Road, Ipswich on  Friday, July 1 at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation at Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, Thursday, June 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. A memorial service is scheduled at North Shore Community Baptist Church, 9 Hart Street, Beverly Farms, Saturday, July 2, 11:00 a.m. (A permanent YouYube link is https://youtu.be/Uf4KvMcDRBk&t=7m43s.) Family and friends are cordially welcomed. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to North Shore Community Baptist Church or the Ipswich Museum



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