MARY JEAN (JEANIE) ZACHER
May 10, 1924 – March 12, 2021
JOSEPH (JOE) ZACHER
August 18, 1922 – July 20, 2022
A Celebration of Life for Joe and Jean Zacher will take place at Overland Park Christian Church on Saturday, September 24th at 11:00 a.m.
You are also invited to join us for the livestream which will be shared here on our website, and on our OPCC Facebook page; you do not have to have Facebook in order to watch the service online.
Jeanie married Joe Zacher in 1951, and they settled in Prairie Village, Kansas. She was an avid crafter who loved to sew, knit, and create unique items of clothing and household items. She created many oil paintings as a student of Bob Byerly and also created greeting cards and wrote poetry. She donated many hand-knitted items to the Christmas Tree at Overland Park Disciples of Christ, where she and Joe were members for 60+ years, and where Joe was a deacon and Jean was a deaconness. She made 100+ handmade dolls called Tire Patch Kids for the 1985 Horseless Carriage Club National Meet in Kansas City. After Joe's retirement from veterinary medicine, they took many cruises where they enjoyed traveling the world and meeting many new friends.
Joe and Jean spent their final years at home entertaining each other by singing Chiquita Banana, Blueberry Hill, the Hokey Pokey, and Big Band songs to each other.
Jean is predeceased by her parents, and her brother, James Mack Jr. She is survived by Joe, her husband of 69 years, and their two children, Peggy (Doug) Overstreet of Prairie Village, Kansas, and Brett Zacher of Holden, Massachusetts.
Services for Jean will be at a yet-to-be-determined time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association or the American Cancer Society.
After his service, he received his degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri Veterinary College in Columbia, Missouri. He was co-owner with Dr. Joseph Gelb, of Antioch Dog and Cat Hospital in Kansas City North from 1961 to 1985. The two doctors were the best of friends.
Joe married Mary Jean Davis in 1951, and they made their home in Prairie Village, Kansas, where they raised their two children, Peggy and Brett.
Joe was a classic car collector and restorer of antique juke boxes. Two of Joe's cars can be seen in the movies, Truman, and Mr. and Mrs. Bridge.
Joe and Jean were members of Overland Park Disciples of Christ for 60 years. Upon retirement, they enjoyed participating in the Horseless Carriage Club, taking a variety of world cruises, and meeting new friends.
Joe and Jean spent their final years at home entertaining each other by singing Blueberry Hill, Chiquita Banana, and Big Band songs.
Joe was predeceased by his parents, his sister Laverne Nighswander, and Jean, his wife of almost 70 years. He is survived by their daughter Peggy (Doug) Overstreet, of Prairie Village, Kansas, and their son, Brett Zacher, of Holden, Massachusetts.
Services for Joe will be at a yet-to-be-determined time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Disabled American Veterans (DAV), or to an animal shelter of your choice.