Lawrence G. Zerba (1926 - 2017)


INDEPENDENCE – Lawrence G. Zerba, 90 years old, of Independence, died on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home in Strawberry Point. He was born on Nov. 13, 1926, in Coggon, the son of Ralph Eugene and Mary Jane (Thompson) Zerba. He earned his high school diploma while serving in the U.S. Navy. He served in active duty for 22 years and was retired for 42 years. On May 25, 1954, he and the former Patricia Ann Tyler were married at the First Presbyterian Church in Independence. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Bechter-Boies VFW Post 2440 in Independence. He was an avid trout fisherman and fished the streams of northeast Iowa and southeastern Minnesota.
Mr. Zerba is survived by his wife of 62 years, Pat; a daughter, Nellie Grace (Robert) Harn of Oelwein; a son, Larry Zerba, Jr. of Australia; two grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; a brother, Merwin (Marge) Zerba of Hiawatha; and a sister, Bertha Zerba of Cedar Rapids.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; and one sister.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, at the First United Methodist Church in Independence with Rev. Scott Meador officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence. Friends may call for visitation from 4 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the White Funeral Home in Independence where a Military Service begins at 6:30 p.m. On line condolences may be left at
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Feb. 27 to Mar. 4, 2017
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