Harold William Zarse 83
Harold William Zarse 83, of 1409 Ferry St., Lafayette, IN. passed away at 10:15 AM on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at Rosewalk Village Hospice Care of esophageal cancer. He was born November 7, 1929 in the Chalmers area to William R and Martha Sophia Zarse and graduated from Chalmers High School in 1948. He farmed in White County for many years before working for Purdue University
's agronomy department. There he tested hybrid corn, worked with Orville Reddenbacher, and was sent to South Florida on a research project. He worked for Alcoa in Lafayette as a press operator in the tube mill, training many employees until his retirement in 1994. Harold was a gentle man. He enjoyed traveling and found many ways to help people. For example, when AIDS struck in Lafayette, in the 1980's he and his wife Lucille, stored and provided hospital beds to those in need. He participated in the annual AIDS walk in Indianapolis and was publicly recognized for his community service. He will be sorely missed and long remembered by his family and friends.
Harold was an Army
veteran, having served in the Korean conflict
, and was stationed in Italy. He was a devoted husband of 37 years since his marriage on May 1, 1976 to Lucille Burris Zarse at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse, she survives. Also surviving are his children: Karen Zarse of Camby, Indiana, Gary Zarse of Indianapolis, Indiana, grandchildren: Crystal (art) Madrid of Westville, Dr. Chad (fiancé Emily) Zarse of Indianapolis, and Britney Zarse of Indianapolis. Great-grandchildren surviving are: Jaden, Keaton W and Juliana Madrid of Westfield, Indiana.
Stepchildren surviving include: Teresa Pearson (Kenny) of Lafayette, Cynthia Henry (companion Thelma) of Rossville, and stepchildren: Gabe and Nathan Pearson; stepgrandchildren: Abby, Kylie and Bailey Pearson also of Lafayette. He was preceded in death by a stepson Anthony Henry in August 2013 and a stepgranddaughter Maureen Edwina Henry in 1977.