Edward Zerr

Oct. 24, 1933-Jan. 17, 2021

Edward James Zerr, 87,

peacefully entered into

eternal rest on January 17,

2021, in Eugene, OR. He

began his life journey in

Karlsruhe on October 24,

1933, born to Raymond

Zerr and Martina

(Schumacher) Zerr. Ed-

ward spent his formative

years in Karlsruhe and

Yakima, WA.

On November 16, 1954,

Edward married Elsie

Weigel of Orrin at the Sa-

cred Heart Parish Church

in Orrin. In August 1957,

with a young wife and in-

fant son in tow, he began

his military service as a

wheeled-vehicle mechan-

ic, receiving his training

with the U.S. Army at

Fort Carson, CO and Fort

Jackson, SC. After a tour

of duty in Germany, Ed-

ward and his young fami-

ly returned stateside, fin-

ishing his military service

at Camp Irwin, Death Val-

ley, CA.

Not long after his

Honorable Discharge from

active military service,

Edward returned to North

Dakota where he spent

the coming years in the

Minot area employed as a

mechanic. In 1965, he

again departed his home

state, this time seeking the

more moderate climate of

the Pacific Northwest. He

settled with his family,

which had now grown to

three children, in Eugene,

where he embarked upon

a career with the Wey-

erhaeuser Company that

spanned three decades.

Edward was a Chevy

man and took pride in his

cars, particularly his 1965

Impala SS. He possessed a

passion for cars and

motorcycles. Mechanical-

ly inclined and thrifty by

nature, Edward was reluc-

tant to pay for anything he

could make or do himself.

He loved his family, and

he spent many of his re-

tirement years traveling

the U.S. visiting his chil-

dren, grandchildren, si-

blings, nieces and


Edward is survived by:

his three children, Kelan

J. Zerr of Eugene, Kermit

J. Zerr of Bedford, NH,

and Karen J. Vassar of

Colorado Springs, CO, as

well as his six grandchil-

dren, six

great-grandchildren, and

numerous nieces and


He was preceded in

death by: his parents and

brothers George, Sebas-

tian, Phillip, Eugene, Leo,

Raymond, Anton, Sylves-

ter, and twin Robert

“Buck,”and sisters Betty,

Eva, Irene, and Bertha.

Date and time of grave-

side service at the Sts.

Peter and Paul Cemetery

in Karlsruhe, followed by

a Catholic mass and meal,

will be determined in

spring. For further infor-

mation, please contact the

Thompson-Larson Fun-

eral Home in Minot.

Those wishing to sign

the online register and

share memories may ac-

cess the online obituaries

section at www.thompson