MARIETTA, Ohio - Raymond Norbert Zoerkler, 87, long-time Marietta resident, died Saturday (Oct. 19, 2013) in Fairfield.
He was born Aug. 7, 1926, in Cincinnati, to Louis and Elise Weiseit Zoerkler.
Mr. Zoerkler was a U.S. Air Force veteran
of World War II
. He was a geologist, having received his degree from the University of Cincinnati. He had worked at Birdwell and Pennzoil in Bradford, Pa., as well as Pennzoil in Parkersburg, W.Va. Raymond also worked as an independent petroleum geologist while living in Marietta.
He was a member of the Rotary Club
of Marietta, American Association of Professional Geologists, Ohio Geological Society and the Marietta Reading Club. Mr. Zoerkler had been a volunteer at the Campus Martius Museum.
While living in Pennsylvania, he was instrumental in having the University of Pittsburgh open a branch in Bradford.
Raymond is survived by two daughters, Cindy Miller (Gary) of Fairfield and Jennifer Zoerkler of Reston, Va.; two grandsons, Nicholas Miller (Laura) of Anchorage, Alaska and Jason Miller (Jamie) of Westmont, N.J.; a sister, Lorraine Cramer of Clarion, Pa.; a brother, Jim Zoerkler (Jeanne) of Chambersburg, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis Lorraine Goble Zoerkler in 2006.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Marietta Chapel of Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Mound Cemetery with Patricia Peoples officiating, as well as full military honors being observed.
Donations may be made to the Rotary Scholarship Fund, c/o Marietta Noon Rotary, P.O. Box 1138, Marietta, Ohio 45750; or the Campus Martius Friends of the Museums, 601 Second Street, Marietta, Ohio 45750.
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