After a short but intense battle with liver cancer, Joe passed away November 4, 2016 in his home in Manhattan, surrounded by his family. He would have been 73 on Tuesday the 8th.
Joe was born in Manhattan, KS November 8, 1943 to Georgie and Ross Zerby Jr. He graduated from Luckey High School in 1961 and attended Kansas State until joining the National Guard in 1964. He received the governor’s commendation in 1966 and repeatedly was the U.S. Army Shooting Team National Marksmanship Champion.
In 1969 Joe represented the Kansas Army National Guard in President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s funeral, as the color guard rifleman. In civilian life he also the held the title of the National Rifle Association National Champion for many years. He was a gunsmith and avid collector. He worked at KSU for 42 years.
Joe married Fran Hayse in 1975 and their son Evan was born in 1979. Joe and Fran accepted into their family, a son, Danny Davison in 1993, although many of Evan’s friends considered them Mom and Dad.
In addition to his wife, Joe is survived by his son Evan and wife Lydia who have a 7 month old, Hannah, who was the light in papa’s eyes; also Danny and wife Ginney, and their 3 daughters Danielle, Hailey, and Juliana; his sister MaryAnn Abolins and husband Ints of Camp Hill Pennsylvania; his mother-in-law Helen Hayse and sister-in-law Georgiana Bradshaw both of Dodge City; brother-in-law, Paul Hayse of Mullinville, KS, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will greet friends during a visitation from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday November 8, 2016 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday November 9, 2016 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Patrick McLaughlin officiating.
A memorial gathering to celebrate Joe’s very full life will be held at Bobby T’s at 3240 Kimball Avenue, from 4:00PM to 7:00PM Wednesday night, November 9. Please bring a story about Joe to share.
Memorial contributions are suggested in memory of Joe to the Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research at KSU. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com