Leroy Francis Zerr, 57, rural Grinnell, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Oakley.
He was born March 25, 1958, in Oakley, to Clem and Pauline (Pfeifer) Zerr. He was a 1976 graduate of Wheatland High School and a 1980 graduate of Kansas State University with a bachelor of science in agriculture.
He was a bachelor who farmed alongside his parents and brother, Donald, until going out on his own. He took good care of his parents while they lived on the farm. He purchased his own farmstead in 1985, two miles east of the farm where he was raised. He worked with Donald doing contract work for others; including demolition of buildings, manure hauling/spreading and silage hauling.
Agriculture was his livelihood as well as his hobby. He enjoyed having a tool in his hand and his head stuck under the hood of a car, tractor, combine. He enjoyed a challenge and took on many in his lifetime. Even though he never had any children of his own he always enjoyed all his nieces and nephews with his teasing and having them follow him around the farm.
Survivors include his mother, Oakley; two brothers, Donald Zerr, Grinnell, and Duane Zerr, Pittsburg; five sisters, Geraldine Zerr, Hays, Marietta Plummer and husband, Tom, Oakley, Ruth Miller and husband, Donnie, Dighton, Ella Dankenbring, Kearney, Neb., and Elaine Jones and husband, Dale, Council Grove; eight nieces, Sarah Zerr, Philadelphia, Jennifer Tillman and husband, John, Assaria, LeAnn Harter and husband, Lance, Kearney, Neb., Kaitlyn, Hannah and Lydia Zerr, Pittsburg, Melinda Kincaid and husband, Scott, Shawnee, and Nicole Jones, Council Grove; seven nephews, Travis Plummer, Hays, Lucas Miller and wife, Kami, Amy, Jason Schielke and wife, Suzanne, Colby, Justin Schielke and wife, Amanda, Valley Falls, Christopher Rohr and Preston Zerr, both of Pittsburg and Christopher Jones, Topeka; 19 great-nieces and nephews; many uncles and aunts and numerous Zerr and Pfeifer cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father; a brother, David; an infant brother, Duane; and a nephew, Marvin Miller.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Grinnell; burial in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Grinnell.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Parish Center, Grinnell.
A vigil/rosary will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the parish center.
Memorials are suggested to Logan County Manor or Immaculate Conception Cemetery, in care of Baalmann Mortuary, PO Box 204, Oakley, KS 67748.
Condolence can be sent to the family at www.baalmannmortuary.com.