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Paul Zerbe


Paul Zerbe was born Feb. 27, 1930, to William and Marie (Redekopp) Zerbe in Lustre, Mont. He passed away peacefully into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior, at his home on April 16, 2016, at the age of 86 after a short battle with stomach cancer.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 20, at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow from noon till 8 p.m., with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. Services will be held Thursday, April 21, at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Church in Glasgow, followed by a luncheon. The burial will be private.

He accepted the Lord at the age of 13 during a revival meeting at the Lustre M.B. Church. He attended Lustre Country School through the eighth grade and went on to Prairie Bible School in Three Hills, Alberta, Canada, his freshman year. He finished his high school years at Glasgow High School, graduating in 1949. He and his brother, Otto, had to return to Glasgow to finish high school and help with the family farm because of his father's illness.

In 1950, he and Otto went into the farm equipment business together in their dad's shop, starting Zerbe Bros. Inc. In 1951, he attended a year at LeTourneau Tech in Longview, Texas, to study welding. While visiting his sister and family in Nebraska, he met Ferne Rousselle, and they were married June 18, 1952, in Culbertson, Neb. They had three children, Lynell, Galen and Sherrie.

He loved farming, especially harvest. He enjoyed driving the combine or grain cart. After retirement in 1997, he and Ferne moved to Glasgow. Their winters were spent at Bibleville in Alamo, Texas, working at Rio Grande Bible Institute. He was the local handyman, fixing everyone's plumbing problems.

He was a member of the M.B. Church and later transferred to the Evangelical Church in Glasgow. He was a school board member at LCHS and also a board member for the Valley County Refuge for many years.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Otto and Ludwig Zerbe; one sister ,Lydia Laird; four sisters-in-law, Joyce, Esther, Lorraine and Marilyn Berg Zerbe; three brothers-in-law, Ray Laird, Don Norris and Dell Buller; and a great-grandson, Christian Gartside.

Survivors include his wife of 63½ years, Ferne; a son, Galen Zerbe and his wife, Karla; two daughters, Lynell Myers and her husband, Bob, and Sherrie Campbell and her husband, Kurt; nine grandchildren, Andrew Gartside, Paula Gartside, Chelsey Gandhi and her husband, Jatin, Karissa Campbell, Jillian Campbell, Cpl. Kole Campbell, Taylor Zerbe, Janae Zerbe and Regan Zerbe; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Ben Zerbe; a sister, Lois Zerbe; two sisters-in-law, Marlene Zerbe and Evelyn Buller; one brother-in-law, Duane Rousselle and his wife, Marge; along with many nieces and nephews.

Bell Mortuary of Glasgow is in charge of arrangements.


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