Sherwood F. Zepp, 86, A Justice For 20 Years

Posted: January 23, 1997

Sherwood F. Zepp, 86, a constable who had served 20 years as a local justice, died Monday at North Penn Hospital in Hatfield Township. He had suffered a heart attack at his Lansdale home.

Mr. Zepp, a Republican who defeated the incumbent for his first nomination, served as justice of the peace from 1960 to 1970. When administration of that position was taken over by the state in 1970, he became a district justice, a post he held until 1981. Since then, he was a constable.

``He was a very remarkable man and was still serving,'' said his wife of nearly 54 years, Elizabeth Franklin Zepp.

A native of Altoona, Pa., Mr. Zepp grew up in Hatfield and graduated from the former Hatfield High School in 1929. Later, he graduated from what is now Peirce Junior College in Philadelphia.

During World War II, he was a staff sergeant with the Army's 41st Station Hospital and had tours at Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima.

He was an accountant for the former T.D. Keyser Chevrolet dealership in Lansdale for many years.

Mr. Zepp was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and VFW Post 32, both in Lansdale, and the Pennsylvania State Constables Association. He was a former member of Grace Lutheran Church in Hatfield.

Tennis was a favorite pastime, and for more than 20 years he was secretary/treasurer of a Little League baseball team.

Besides his wife, he is survived by children Kenneth S. and Charles P., and two grandchildren.

Friends may call after 9:30 a.m. today at Huff & Lakjer Funeral Home, Derstine and Cannon Avenues in Lansdale, where a funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Limekiln Pike (Route 152) and Horsham Road (Route 463), Prospectville.

The family suggests contributions to Fox Chase Cancer Center, 7701 Burholme Ave., Philadelphia 19111.

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