Joseph G. Zerphey, 72, Viet Nam vet, Donnelly Printing retiree, avid hunter, and NASCAR fan

By on December 17, 2014

Joseph G. “Joe” Zerphey, 72, of Lititz, passed away Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at his home.

He was born in Elizabethtown to the late Vincent Ray and Mary (Gise) Zerphey and was the husband of Esther L. (Long) Zerphey, with whom he celebrated 48 years of marriage on Oct. 22.

Joe was a Hershey High School graduate of 1961. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Viet Nam War, and was a member of the Elizabethtown V.F.W. Post #5667 and the Elizabethtown American Legion Post #329 and a life member of the Elizabethtown V.F.C. Joe was an avid hunter, and a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Penn State Nittany Lions, NASCAR Racing and his favorite driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Joe retired after 36 years of working in the printing and bindery departments for Donnelley Printing in Lancaster.

In addition to his wife, Joe is survived by two brothers: Charles, husband of Marilyn Zerphey of Mount Joy; and John Zerphey of Middletown; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother: Vincent Ray Zerphey Jr.; and a sister: Peggy Zerphey Smeltzer.

Services were held Dec. 15 at Roseboro Stradling Funeral Home, Denver, with Pastor Keith Sweitzer officiating. Interment with military honors followed in the Schaefferstown Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions in Joseph’s memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 301 Grant St., Suite 900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at

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