Herbert E. Zirschky, 85, of Parkville, MO passed away March 14, 2017, at home surrounded by his family. He was born May 3, 1931 in Kansas City, MO to Herbert and May Louise (Smith) Zirschky. The family moved to Lee’s Summit where Herb graduated from Lee’s Summit High School in 1949. After junior college at Wentworth Military Academy he attended MU and graduated from the University of Nebraska, Omaha.
Commissioned as a United States Army officer, his twenty year career included tours in Korea and Vietnam and as a missile unit commander in Germany. In Vietnam he was awarded the Bronze Star. Following his military retirement in 1973, he worked for Northrop Grumman Corp. and later traveled a four state region giving seminars for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He was well known for his sense of humor which included his infamous “toilet tie”. A favorite joke of his was to enter a crowded elevator with the announcement “you are probably wondering why I called this meeting.”
He and Martha (Marte) Walters, his college sweetheart, recently celebrated their 63rd anniversary. In addition to his wife, survivors include their children, Elizabeth Barnes (Frank) and John Zirschky (Natalie); four grandchildren, Evan and Stuart Barnes, and Lexie and Kit Zirschky. They remember phone calls from him that always ended with “If you need anything, you know where I am.”
The military whetted his appetite for travel and he and Marte visited all 50 states, the favorite being a self-guided tour of Alaska complete with an overnight inside the Arctic Circle, a float plane delivering paint and a teacher to remote areas, and a face to face with a moose. Trips to Europe and cruises provided many happy memories. A high point of the week in recent years was the Sunday morning coffee with the Breakfast Amigos, friends of many years. His valued treasure, secondary to his family and friends, was his 1957 Renault 4CV. Herb proudly rode in it in the 2016 Parkville July 4 parade promoting Meals on Wheels
A memorial service celebrating Herb’s life will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 31, 2017, at the Parkville Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., prior to the service. A private family Committal service and burial with military honors will be at Ft. Leavenworth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers Memorial contributions are suggested to the Parkville Presbyterian Church or the University of Kansas Cancer Center. The Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville has been entrusted with the final arrangements. On line condolences may be left at Meyersfuneralchapel.com.