Richard D. (Dick) Zerkle

February 28, 1932 - February 03, 2019

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Wednesday, February 06, 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel

Thursday, February 07, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Thursday, February 07, 10:30 AM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Richard D. “Dick” Zerkle, 86, of Kendallville died Sunday, February 3, 2019, at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville.

He was born February 28, 1932, in Waterloo to Charles and Opal (Bricker) Zerkle.

He honorably served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1955.

He married Mary E. Sheets, and she preceded him in death in March 11, 2014.

Mr. Zerkle retired after 31 years at International Harvester in Fort Wayne.

He was a member of Kendallville American Legion Post 86.

Dick enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his friends at the American Legion.

Surviving are two daughters, Tina (Ron) Sproat of Fort Wayne and Mary Beth Zerkle of Fort Wayne; a son, Jeffrey Zerkle of Fort Wayne; a grandson, Anthony Ficaro; and a sister, Beverly (Basil) Wertman of Churubusco.

Funeral services will be Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. in Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendalville with Pastor Regan Ford officiating. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Zerkle, Ron Sproat, Anthony Ficaro, Joe Hellwig, Dave Byers, and Tony Ficaro.

Honor guard services will be provided by the Veterans Honor Guard and active duty members of the U.S. Air Force.

Calling is Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

Preferred memorials are to Honor Flight Northeast Indiana.

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Terry and Rosanne Good
February 8th, 2019 4:33pm
Hudson, IN

Tina, so sorry to hear about your Dad. You have our deepest sympathy

Lisa Kosmac
February 7th, 2019 3:08pm

I send my heartfelt condolences to you, Beth. Dick was a hard working man, and I am so glad that I got to be part of his life as well as your mother's life while growing up in Kendallville. THey were like family to me,...and you are my sister:) :) :) Love, Lisa Radcliffe Kosmac

Craig and Debbie Sherrill
February 5th, 2019 9:29pm
Fort Wayne

Our deepest sympathy is with the family . You are all in our prayers and thoughts

C. Sue Mozena
February 5th, 2019 7:10pm

I am so sorry for your loss know you are all in my heart and prayers. Sue from Chandler

February 5th, 2019 11:47am

My deepest sympathy regarding the loss of your loved one. May God comfort and strengthen family members and friends during this most difficult time. (Psalms 29:11) Respectfully, Ali

Mark Shumaker
February 4th, 2019 2:19am

My Condolences to the the family