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Reuben Kenneth Zerger

Reuben Kenneth Zerger was born January 29, 1922, to Benjamin and Mary Krehbiel Zerger, in Moundridge, Kansas.  He received his elementary education at the District 85 Volunteer School and graduated from Moundridge High School in 1939.  He went on to attend Bethel College in Newton, Kansas for two years.

On September 7, 1944, he married Eleanor Mae Voth.  Reuben and Eleanor were blessed with three children. They were married for 63 years.

After attending Bethel College, Reuben began farming in the Moundridge, Kansas area. He later started his career as a building contractor which lasted for 53 years.  Reuben and his wife, Eleanor, joined the Marion Presbyterian Church in 1950 where they were active members for 47 years.

Reuben’s life was marked by community service including Boy Scouts, Habitat for Humanity and Marion School Board.  Reuben had a passion for singing and the art of music, and he loved sharing his voice with others. Reuben was an avid fisherman, gardener and loved spending time outdoors. 

Reuben was a constant source of encouragement and his example of Christian devotion will be remembered by many of those who have known him.

Reuben passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2018 at the age of 96.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor; his daughter, Roxanne; four brothers, Robert, Melvin, James and Ben; three sisters, Ellen, Anne and Luella; and, his parents.  He is survived by one son, Timothy and his wife, Chris of Bend, Oregon; one daughter, Julie Zerger Carr and her husband Steve of Livingston, Texas; one son-in-law, Edmundo Balcacer of Richmond, Missouri; five granddaughters, one grandson and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, Ted, and two sisters, Kathleen and Carol.

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So happy you had him with you all these years. Prayers to his family.

Carl and Pat Elling Jul 18 2018 12:00 AM

In the early 90's, Reuben helped us build an addition on our house. He was a master craftsman, and we learned a lot from him. Especially what to do when the forms for a basement wall collapsed, concrete spilling out everywhere! Mike enjoyed singing with him in choir. He will always hold a special place in our hearts.

Paula Barta Jul 18 2018 12:00 AM

I have missed Reuben so very much since he moved from Minneapolis, KS. He was such an inspiration to me and I enjoyed spending time with him visiting on many many occasions. From the day we met we had an instant friendship that I believe was God sent. He holds a special place in my heart and I will forever miss this Godly man whom I love. Sympathy, prayers, and much love to his family at this time.

Lori Haley Jul 18 2018 12:00 AM

I loved Reuben! I greatly enjoyed singing in the Presby choir with him. We loved singing the old hymns. Our family was also lucky to have his workmanship in our home. He was a true gentleman and a spiritual role model. Diana Case Costello

Diana Costello Jul 17 2018 12:00 AM

A TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was sent on July 17, 2018

A good man I enjoyed working for and learned a lot from. Will be missed!

Expression of Sympathy Jul 17 2018 12:00 AM