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Richard G. "Rick" Zerfing


December 9, 2013


Richard G. "Rick" Zerfing, 64, of 165 Cherokee Road Danville PA, unexpectedly went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 7, 2013.  He was born June 7, 1949 in Sandusky, Ohio the son of the late Richard C. and Arlene June Breckbill Zerfing. 

He attended Danville Schools through 11th grade and graduated in 1967 from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in Scotch Plains NJ.  He graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville TN with a Bachelor's Degree in History Education and began teaching high school history in Fairview TN.  Rick was employed 20 years by the Federated Insurance Companies as a Senior Marketing Representative, retiring in 2005.  During his employment there, he led the company nationwide in Life Insurance sales.  While there, he also served on the Leadership Council and the President's Council.  Recently, he was self-employed as an independent insurance representative for Donner-Farber and Associates until his death.   

He was a member of First Baptist Church, Danville and had also attended Christ Wesleyan Church in Milton PA.  He was a Danville Little League girls softball coach and was also the high school girls softball coach for a couple of years at Meadowbrook Christian School in Milton PA.   Rick enjoyed being outdoors, especially fishing and hunting, enjoying several big game hunting trips to Montana.  He enjoyed traveling with his family and was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.   

He is survived by the love of his life, best friend and wife of 38 years, Melissa Pitts Zerfing whom he married August 24, 1975 in Brentwood Tennessee.  Also surviving are his four daughters; Laura Lehman and her husband Matt of Conshohocken, PA; Christy Dietz and her husband Rick of Hershey, PA; Kate Zerfing and Rebekah Zerfing; both at home. He is also survived by two granddaughters; Aviana and Madelyn Lehman.  Also surviving is one sister, Julie A. Zerfing Fudge and her husband Lawrence of Myrtle Beach SC.      

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Rick's Life to be held Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 1:30 PM at First Baptist Church 20 Brookside Drive Danville PA (Off 642 East) with the Reverend Dr. Harry H. Wonderland officiating assisted by Reverend Dawes Dunham.  Friends will be received at the church from 11:00-1:15PM.   Burial will be private in Fairview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Memorial Fund or The Gideons International PO Box 140800 Nashville TN  37214-0800.  Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home 10 W Mahoning Street Danville PA. www.visneski.com


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