Robert E. Zerman

May 8, 1970 - April 16, 2020
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Robert (Bob) E. Zerman, 49, of Robesonia passed away April 16, 2020. He was the beloved husband of Greta (Ulrich) Zerman.  They were married April 13, 1994 and enjoyed 26 wonderful years of marriage. Born on May 8, 1970 in Reading, he was the son of Anna (Ulrich) Zerman and the late Harry F. Zerman Sr. Bob was a graduate of Conrad Weiser High School where he enjoyed being a part of the Football Team and Golf Club. Bob dedicated his life to serving his community, with over 30 years of public service. Currently, he was the Assistant Fire Chief for Pioneer Hose Co #1 of Robesonia Station #26. In addition to his role at Station 26, Bob was formerly a member of Western Berks Fire Department where he ascended to the highest rank of Deputy Chief, as well as Chief of Womelsdorf Volunteer Fire Company.  He was a former EMT for Western Berks Ambulance and First Aid & Safety Patrol, Inc. and a volunteer with Newmanstown Ambulance Co. and Northern Berks EMS, as well as a Berks County 911 Dispatcher. He loved to make everyone around him smile and laugh, and enjoyed spending his free time with his family, especially his two grandchildren. Bob’s family would like to extend a special thank you to WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital staff who took the best care of him during his final days.  As well as all the first responders who escorted him from the hospital, and those that lined the streets to pay their respect. He is survived by two sons, Robert J. Zerman of Wyomissing husband of Shannon (Duffy) Zerman, and Brandon E. Zerman of West Lawn husband of Caitlin (Roberts) Zerman, and two grandchildren Audri E. Zerman and Jeremiah R. Zerman.  He is also survived by two brothers Harry F. Zerman Jr. of Cleona, and Ryan Thomas of Wayne.   A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations to assist with family expenses may be sent to Western Berks Ambulance Association at 2506 Belmont Ave, West Lawn, PA 19609. Please note designated to the benefit of the family of Robert E. Zerman. The Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Shillington, is assisting the Zerman family.


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Born: May 8, 1970
Died: April 16, 2020

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Alan Moyer posted on 4/23/20

Zerman Family: Our Deepest sympathies to all of you in this most difficult time in your lives. Knowing Bobby for many years and having different interactions with him was always pleasant. He was always a guy who you would describe as a person who would give you the shirt off his back for you. These are difficult times for all of you and wanted to know we care about you. Alan Moyer and CW Football Family


Heather Borr-Ferguson posted on 4/20/20

I'm so very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. We were friends in 1st grade and while we lost touch I still remember him fondly. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.


David Franke posted on 4/20/20

Condolences to the Zerman family, Bob was a great guy, a tremendous dispatcher, and someone fabulous to chat with. Always looked forward to seeing him... wherever we would run in to each other. RIP Brother... God has you now...a d you will answer many calls with your Brothers and Sisters in spirit now!


Frank and Phyllis Buza posted on 4/20/20

Our sincerest condolences to the entire Zerman family. God Bless all of you in this time of need.


Tom troup posted on 4/20/20

Greta,Bobby,& Brandon; so very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a good man with a great sense of humor, and love of family and community. Our deepest sympathy. Love, the Troups


Tom,Gloria, Hunter ,and JT posted on 4/20/20

Greta, Bobby, and Brandon, so very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. You have our deepest condolences. I remember his sense of humor . He loved you all very much. Passionate about his family and community. He was a great man.


Jerry Kissling posted on 4/20/20

In memory of Robert E. Zerman, Jerry Kissling lit a candle


Tom,Gloria, Hunter ,and JT posted on 4/20/20

In memory of Robert E. Zerman, Tom,Gloria, Hunter ,and JT lit a candle


Tom,Gloria, Hunter ,and JT posted on 4/20/20

Greta, Bobby and Brandon, so very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are for you. Bob definitely had a sense humor . He was passionate about making his community better. He was very proud of his boys and loved Greta immensely. Again our prayers are for you


Robert F. Jordan - Fire Chief (Retired) - Exeter Township Fire Department posted on 4/20/20

Bob and the entire Zerman are in our thoughts and prayers. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Rest in peace, Bob.


Philip Banks posted on 4/20/20

I have No Words! I still so saddened by your loss my brother! I will truly miss you and all the great times we have! Be at peace and Thank you for all the Memories my great friend!


Chris posted on 4/19/20

He was my brother and my friend. Condolences to the family he was an amazing man and FIREFIGHTER


Al Himmelberger posted on 4/19/20

Thank you Bob for everything you have done and the service and sacrifices you did for your community, family and friends. Thank you for making laugh back in day on late night calls and the help when needed. Thank you again until we meet again❤


Debra Smith posted on 4/19/20

Our hearts go out to your family. RIP and God Bless your family.


Bill Griffis posted on 4/19/20

Great man. One of the funniest men I have ever worked with. Prayers and blessings to the Azer man family.