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HAMILTON – Edward Arnold Zerbst, 54, of Hamilton, passed away on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at his home.

He was born July 29, 1955, in Shelby to Arnold and Esther Zerbst.

Ed was raised in St. Ignatius and graduated from St. Ignatius (Mission High). From there, he moved to Oregon and did various jobs, working for the city of Salem and working construction jobs. Then he showed an interest in law enforcement. He served on the police force as a reserve in Oregon. After moving back to Montana, he sold insurance for Aid Association for Lutherans. He then received more training for the police department and served in Miles City for many years. Once he moved to Hamilton, he continued his career with the sheriff’s department until he retired.

Ed enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson, hunting, fishing and making people laugh. He was always pulling practical jokes on someone, or had some story or joke to tell. No matter how serious the situation was, he would always find some way to make everyone laugh.

Ed is preceded in death by both maternal and paternal grandparents; his father, Arnold Zerbst; and his brother, Gilbert Zerbst.

He is survived by his mother, Esther Zerbst; brother, Donald Zerbst; special friend, Sandy Shutters of Spokane; sister, Irene Gruber and her husband Jim of Marcus, Iowa; several stepchildren and stepgrandchildren; several nieces and nephews, the children of Don Zerbst, Connie Bach, Richard, John, Patrick and Christopher Zerbst, and the children of Irene and Jim Gruber, Miriam Murray, Michelle Reimer and Joel Gruber; and six great-nieces and great-nephews (whom they all know as the favorite uncle!).

Pallbearers are Kim and Dave Cegler, Dale Young, Russ Patterson, Brain Kercher and Scott Etter.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 11, at the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday March 12, at Grace Lutheran Church, Pastor Vern Sandersfeld officiating. Interment will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 13, at the Pleasant View Cemetery in St. Ignatius.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.dalyleachchapel.com.

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