In loving memory of

Blake Zerley
June 1, 1954 - July 19, 2020

Bernard Blake Zerley, age 66 of Monroe, passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2020 at his home. The family will be having Graveside Services at a later time. Memorials may be directed to The First Baptist Church and condolences may be left at

The son of Bernard Rae and Lavon (Pearson) Zerley, Blake was born on June 1, 1954 in Des Moines. He graduated from Monroe High School in 1972. Blake loved working with horses and worked for several Horse Trainers through the years. Blake moved back to Iowa in 2005 and worked at The Vermeer Corporation in Pella until his retirement. He was a member of The First Baptist Church in Monroe.

Blake is survived by his Daughter, Caitlin Zerley, Son, Dale Hendricksen Walker, Brother Barry (Christy) Zerley, 2 Grandchildren, 3 nieces and nephews, and several cousins. Blake was preceded in death by his parents, Brother Brent Zerley, and his Grandparents.


CEIL SLINGS wrote on Jul 28, 2020:

"Blake was a good friend from 4H. He also sold me a beautiful Quarter horse that I was able to show right away. I will always be grateful to know the Zerley family and share their passion for horses."

Jan (Cowman) Miller wrote on Jul 28, 2020:

"I am so sorry for your loss. I remember your family from First Baptist Church when I attended there as a teenager. May God comfort you. Jan (Cowman) Miller"

Marilyn McFate Davis & Mildred McFate wrote on Jul 28, 2020:

"Blake was and will be Loved and missed by many. My thoughts and Prayers to his Family and Friends. May you REST IN PEACE BLAKE in the arms of our LORD AND SAVIOR. Love you always.????"

Wayne Braden wrote on Jul 27, 2020:

"Barry, Sorry to hear this he was a good guy."

Valerie Anderson wrote on Jul 27, 2020:

"If you needed to know a pedigree or bloodlines of a horse, he could remember all of them. He could really condition a horse for the show season and ride. "

Darren Kooistra wrote on Jul 27, 2020:

"I worked with Blake at Vermeer. I always enjoyed talking with him and he always had a great sense of humor and a positive thing to say. Godspeed my friend! You will be missed!"

Tina Parks wrote on Jul 27, 2020:

"I will fondly remember watching movies with the Zerley boys and making a very quick exit when a commercial would come on so that I wouldn't get tickled by my 3 older neighbors that were like brothers to me. I remember they would take me horse back riding, thinking I was going to fall off. They would come over and we would race on the racetrack that my dad made me. Spent lots of hours and making memories. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. "

Larry and Cindy Van Wyk wrote on Jul 27, 2020:

"I?m so very sorry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow. Larry and Cindy Van Wyk"

Becky Thomason Danilson wrote on Jul 27, 2020:

"Barry I'm so sorry. Thinking of you and all of your family."