Richard L. Zerkel

March 8, 1930 - October 27, 2018
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Richard L. Zerkel, age 88 of Lima, passed at 10:55 p.m., Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus. He was born March 8, 1931 in Cridersville to the late Leroy and Ruth Irene Mertz Zerkel. On July 13, 1968 he married Martha C. Baldwin, who survives.

Mr. Zerkel retired from the Lima City Police Department and was a U. S. Army Korean Veteran. After retirement he started R.L. Zerkel Striping, enjoyed woodworking, scroll sawing, and watching football and NASCAR. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Police Lodge #21, the Korean War Veteran Association, the V.F.W. Post 1275 of Lima, the American Legion Post #96, and the Police and Fire Retirees all of Lima.

Also surviving is a daughter – Nancy (Jay) Adams, DVM of Cincinnati; a brother – Gary (Shirlee) Zerkel of Lima; 2 sisters – Delores (Darwin) Duff of KY; Mary Lou Neff of Wapakoneta; 5 nieces and 3 nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law – Mary (Art) Pierce.

Memorial services will begin 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home Cridersville. Rev. Rick Lamb will officiate. Military rites will be observed by V.F.W. Post 1275 of Lima.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Equestrian Therapy Program or to the Donor’s Choice.

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Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806

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Memorial Information

Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Time: 11:00 am

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806


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Born: March 8, 1930
Died: October 27, 2018

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Leare and Bob wheeler posted on 12/15/18

So sorry to learn about the passing of Richard. Our deepest condolences to Martha and Nancy.


James A Thiedt posted on 11/1/18

My sympathies to the family. I worked with Dick for many years at the Lima Pokice Dept., he was one of my sergeants,then lieutenant on 1st shift. I always had the utmost in respect and admiration for him. He could be no nonsense and stern when he had to be, and also warm and friendly at other times. He chewed me out pretty good one time (I deserved it!) and afterward, made sure to explain and turn it into a learning experience for me and we joked about it afterward. I always looked up to him. I even sought his advice once after he retired when I saw him out paint striping one day. He turned off his machine and took the time to listen, advise, and counsel me. I always appreciated that and him. Rest in peace, Lt. I will never forget you.


Barbara (and Steve) Blackburn posted on 10/30/18

Martha and Nancy, we send our deepest sympathy. You both were the light of Richard's life. His eyes would light up when he talked about you. Nancy, you were his pride and joy. He could talk for hours about you. He was the best supervisor I ever worked for at LPD. He guided you but let you make the decisions. I learned a great deal from him. He had a way of chewing you out but leaving you with dignity and a sense that you were forgiven but don't let it happen again! I learned a lot from him when I got promoted on how to deal with people. He was a good man. Steve got his promotion when Richard retired. He told me he felt good about leaving a slot for Steve.