Ernie Derr, stock car racing champion, dies at 92

Ernie Derr, a stock car racing champion from Keokuk who competed between the 1950s and 1970s, has died.

DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Centers says Derr died Wednesday. He was 92.

The Daily Gate City reports Derr began his career in the International Motor Contest Association circuit in 1950, eventually becoming a 12-time champion. He finished with more than 300 feature wins during his career.

Derr enlisted in the Army in 1942 and was part of the 6th Armored Division. He was honorably discharged in 1945.

Derr is survived by his wife, seven children, 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Visitation is set for Sunday and services will be Monday at one of the DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Centers. A burial will immediately follow at Keokuk National Cemetery.