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Harry Gene Zeeryp, 93, of Traverse City, died Sunday, May 28, 2017 at Lakeview Assisted Living near Maple City.
Harry was born on Sunday, April 6, 1924, to the late Harry and Agnes (Whitlock) Zeeryp in Grand Rapids. He graduated from high school and then continued his education at Ferris State University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in accounting. As a young man, Harry worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps in the state of Washington. He served our country as a member of the U.S. Army, serving in Burma as a medic and when discharged had earned the rank of Corporal. He married the former Betty Lorraine Mercer on Aug. 16, 1948 in Grand Rapids. Harry and Betty moved to Traverse City in 1954 after moving to Kingsley from Grand Rapids. He was employed by the City of Traverse City from 1966 until 1990, retiring as city treasurer. He enjoyed photography, collecting guns, coins and stamps, was an avid reader, and especially liked being out doors, fishing, hunting, hiking and camping.
Harry is survived by his children, Deborah (Chuck) Johnson, of Alexandria, Virginia, Frances (Bob) Hashek, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Stephen (Rebecca) Zeeryp, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Teresa Marquez, of Yukon, Oklahoma, Janet (Eric) Malone, of Grass Valley, California, Mary (Greg) Peel, Natasha Morse and Joel (Diana) Zeeryp, all of Traverse City; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, Dave (Lynn) Zeeryp, of Arcadia, Wayne Zeeryp, of Benton Harbor, Sue Zeeryp and Karen Zeeryp, of Grand Rapids and Mary Zeeryp, of Sand Lake.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty; and a sister, Audrey Kendall.
The family would like to thank Virginia and David Martz for the wonderful care they provided to Harry over the last several years while he made his home at Lakeview Assisted Living.
Visitation for Harry will take place this evening, Wednesday, May 31, 2017 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. The funeral service will take place at the funeral home Thursday, June 1 at 11 a.m. Entombment will be in the Oakwood Catholic Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Father Fred Foundation, 826 Hastings St., Traverse City, MI 49686 or to the Third Level Crisis Center c/o Child and Family Services, 3785 Veterans Dr., Traverse City, MI 49684.
Please share your memories of Harry by visiting www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on May 31, 2017
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