In Loving Memory of
Zachary Dean Utterback
Entered Into Life On November 29th, 1990
At University Hospital, Columbia, Boone County, Mo.
Entered Into Rest on August 31st, 2021
immediately following a tragic vehicle accident.
Friends & Loved Ones Are Invited To The:
Graveside Memorial Service
Sunday, September 5th, 2021 at 4:00 P.M.
At South Fork Church Cemetery in rural Perry, Mo.
Officiating: Pastor Brian Meranda
With A Celebration Of Life + Carry-In Meal
to be held immediately following the graveside service
beginning about 5:00 P.M. and concluding at 8:00 P.M. at the
Bill Trower Memorial Park, 602-648 E Main St, in Perry, Mo.
Grilled pork chops & hotdogs will be provided by the
family of Keith Crawford (Zach’s former employer & friend).
Please bring a side dish along with your favorite stories of Zachary to share in remembrance of the life, love & cherished memories
he so selflessly & joyously gave to us.
Memorial contributions may be made:
To assist with end of life expenses at: https://gofund.me/177fdef2
or to Cindy Colbert or Rodney Utterback via mail in care to:
Waters Funeral Home, P.O. Box 84, Vandalia, MO 63382 or
Winchester Assembly, P.O. Box 92, Winchester, IL 62694
Online condolences may be made to the family on Zachary's memorial page at www.watersfuneral.com
A Tribute & Short Bio
Zachary was born the son of Rodney Utterback and Cynthia (Bergthold, Utterback) Colbert. With the exception of a couple years living in the state of Illinois, he primarily resided in the Perry and Vandalia, Mo surrounding area.
He attended Mark Twain Jr-Sr High School through April, 2008 his 11th grade year, during which time he actively enjoyed participating in football, weight lifting, and playing the trumpet in band and marching band. Upon withdrawing from high school, he obtained his GED in October 2008.
As one who rarely sat still and watched little television, Zachary always found great satisfaction in a hard days labor resulting in his becoming a ‘jack-of-many-trades’. Some of his employment throughout life included farm hand, construction, sawmill operator, fence installation and millwright.
Zachary enjoyed just about all things outdoors including horse back riding, fishing, hunting, swimming, and cutting - splitting wood from a very young age, even after nearly loosing a thumb when it was crushed in a log splitter. Over the past few years he became quite an amazing chef cooking on his pellet smoker & stone grill for many. He loved his pets like his own children, especially his beloved dog Annie and the many cats he’s had over the years. Overall he enjoyed nothing better than spending time with friends and family and putting a multitude of smiles upon everyone’s face.
Zachary grew up attending Perry First Baptist Church in Perry, MO and after making a profession of faith he was water baptized in November of 1998. He loved Awana’s, youth group, church camps and attending christian concerts with his friends throughout his High School years. Afterwards he struggled with many difficult circumstances, including a battle with drug addictions he wouldn’t wish upon anyone and was unsure he’d ever overcome … and yet overcome he did by the grace of God. In the week before his accident, he called his mom five days in a row asking for prayer about many things, one of which included his search for a new house. Though very discouraged, he made the hard decision to not react the way his flesh wanted him to and instead committed to wait patiently on God, believing that He could and would reveal the perfect home, and to trust God with the process and His timing. Neither of them imagined that prayer would be their last earthly prayer prayed together. However, God knew and had been preparing both of them for the moment Zachary was to soon join their Heavenly Father in His Heavenly home, prepared by the master carpenter Jesus Christ himself.
Zachary’s lifelong compassion and kindness towards others was never bragged about by himself but well known to the many on the receiving end. His infectious smile, hearty laughter, giving spirit and genuine loving heart is and will be greatly missed. Words cannot express the void his sudden passing leaves; however, those closest to him can find comfort in knowing that he is now resting in the arms of the Lord.
Zachary was preceded in death by;
his Grandparents: Bruce S. Bergthold Sr., Marlene E. Trower,
and Great Grandparents: Harry and Annie Mae Utterback,
Riley Leo and Elizabeth Lenore Edwards Hughes who
later married Orval Huhn also known as Pops or Popie.
his Father: Rodney Utterback of Bowling Green, MO;
his Momma: Cindy (Danny) Colbert of Winchester, IL;
his two Sisters: Ashley R. (Dan) Pearse of St. Peter, MO,
and Shelby Utterback of Monroe City, MO;
Grandparents: Richard and Bonnie Utterback of Paris, MO;
his Fiancé, Amy Weedman of Vandalia, MO;
Nieces & Nephews: Kaydance, Annie Mae, Allison, Remington, Ginny and J.D.; In Addition Zachary was a father figure to: Kristian, Malaya and Ashlynn; and deeply loved and is loved by his many cousins, extended family, and friends.
Rest In Peace - A Poem By Grace E. Easley
(A favorite poem shared from his Grandma Trower)
“Rest in peace,” how much this says, Be free of pain no more to weep.
Find joy that never ends,
possess New Life that here you could not keep.
“Rest in peace,” and though we grieve, Reaching for your hand in vain,
Our faith is such that we believe that all of us shall meet again.
“Rest in peace,” the drums are still,
The smoke has cleared, that battles’s done.
And now forever yours to keep the golden prize that you have won.
Against the sunrise on the hill, your colors wave upon the breeze,
With shield of honor, lance of truth, you overcame with such as these.
No dirge of sorry shall we play, for one who goes to meet the Lord.
Could but we all be Heaven’s guests, as you receive your just reward.
Dear blessed sleep that merely marks the ending of a holy quest,
Your gentile touch remains upon
The hearts of those who loved you best.