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Dr. J. Richard Zerby
Professor Emeritus
Millersville University
Civic Leader

Dr. J. Richard Zerby, 97, of Millersville, PA, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 18, 2018 at Oak Leaf Manor South in Millersville. Born September 22, 1920, in Herndon, Northumberland County, PA, he was the son of the late John Edward and Ida Mae (Wilkinson) Zerby. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Lois L. (Smith) Zerby, who passed away in 2003, and his second wife of seven years, Betty (Niesen) Zerby, who passed away in 2012. He was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Courtney Erin Zerby, a sister, Norma Leitzel, and a brother, Alton Zerby.


Dr. Zerby is survived by four children: Craig R. Zerby, husband of Raemie Zerby, of Blain, PA; Dr. Sandra L. Zerby, of Lancaster, PA; Kathy M. Zerby, of Lancaster, PA; and Janice Zerby Reed, wife of Douglas Reed, of Morrisville, PA. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Carrie Zerby, Leanne Zerby Lee, Joshua Reed, Abigail Reed, Samuel Reed, and Sarah Mathis, as well as four great grandchildren Evan, Erin, Madison, and Leo.


Services for Dr. Zerby were held May 23, 2018 in Millersville and the interment was held in the Blain Cemetery, Blain, Perry County. Memorial Remembrances in Dr. Zerby's honor may be made to Grace Community Church of Willow Street, 212 Peach Bottom Road. Willow Street, PA 17584 or Herndon Camp Grove, 114 Camp Meeting Circle, Herndon, PA 17830. To view Dr. Zerby's Life Legacy Tribute and Guest Book, visit: www.scheidfuneralhome.com
Published on June 9, 2018
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