Joe was born in St. Louis, MO, to Joseph Zacher and Pearl (Hemme) Zacher. After high school, he enlisted in the Army in 1940. He was assigned to Chemical Warfare Service in Camp Detrick, Frederick, Maryland. In 1946, he was promoted to Captain, and awarded the Army Commendation Medal with Oakleaf Cluster and other medals.
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.