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e celebrate the late Dave Zerbe, founder of Dave Zerbe Studio
of Photography, with the June centerfold, not just for his
eternal zest for life and his entrepreneurial spirit, but for his
commitments to service for our nation, our community and our Chamber.
Dave passed away in the prime of his life in April 2017 at the age of 60. As
irony would have it, Dave Zerbe Studio of Photography was in the midst of
planning its 40th anniversary.
Dave and his wife, Bonita, started their company in March 1977, shortly
after Dave's return from his first leg of military service in the United States
Army. The business was a part-time venture in the early years, catering mostly
to wedding photography, as Dave's 36-year military career would lead him
between reserves and active duty. In the span of that 36 years, Dave served five
tours of duty; two in Iraq, one in Guantanamo and two in Bosnia.
Between 1988 and 2008 Dave became a full-time member of the Army's
Public Affairs unit where he had the opportunity to achieve many distinguished
accomplishments. In 2000-2001 he earned an Emmy for Technical Direction,
Video and Camera Work Contributions from the Academy of Arts and Sciences
for his work in facilitating and developing military stories for the David Letterman
Show. In 2003 his unit led the process to train and embed civilian journalists in

the IRAQ War zone for which he earned the first of two Bronze Stars. Earning
the rank of Sergeant First Class, Dave closed out his military career in Reading
as a member of the active Guard Reserve Unit in Kenhorst, retiring in 2011.
During Dave's full-time active duty service, where he resided in Illinois
and New Hampshire, when he was not serving worldwide on tours or training
missions, Bonita ran the Dave Zerbe Studio of Photography. Their son, Chad,
joined the company in 2000. However, upon Dave's return to the Reading area
in 2008, he invested much of himself in establishing stronger links within the
business community. He began to volunteer his time and the company's time to
work with several local organizations, including the Chamber and the Reading
School District, on a number of special photo assignments designed to provide
uplifting spirit. As Dave would often say, "No matter your station in life, you
deserve good photography to represent yourself."
Never one to forget his roots, Dave and the Dave Zerbe Studio of Photography
have been funding four scholarships every year since 1990 to Reading High
School graduating seniors who are pursing performing or visual arts courses of
study in college. Not bad for a Reading High School kid who always believed
in our community.

Service Above
Self

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