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Alan John Zook
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Birth: Apr. 25, 1958
Mason City
Cerro Gordo County
Iowa, USA
Death: Jun. 22, 2008
Mason City
Cerro Gordo County
Iowa, USA

Alan J. Zook

MASON CITY Alan J. Zook, 50, of Mason City, Iowa, died Sunday (June 22, 2008) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit.

A Funeral mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday at Holy Family Catholic Church, 714 N. Adams Ave., with the Rev. Jon Seda, Monsignor Joseph Slepicka and Deacon Chuck Cooper celebrating the Mass. Interment will be in Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Holy Family Catholic Church with a scriptural wake service at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers and in memory of Al's community service, the family requests memorials be directed to Holy Family Catholic Church, Boy Scouts, Hospice of North Iowa or the Salvation Army.

Al was born April 25, 1958, in Mason City, the son of Jack and Marilyn (Moravec) Zook. He graduated from Mason City High School in 1976 then graduated from North Iowa Area Community College and Buena Vista University.

Al lived and worked in Southern California for three years before returning to Mason City in 1983. He became a partner in Yelland & Hanes working there until 1990. Al then worked in the financial services industry as a financial planner and continued working up until his death.

He married Danette Kemna Nov. 11, 1989, at Holy Family Catholic Church. Al enjoyed working with his brother Ray as a member of the "Monroe Storage Ground Crew." He was a devoted husband and father, and in particular enjoyed the numerous Zook family vacations. Al was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church where he served as former Parish Council Chair and helped spearhead the Holy Family HeritageFest.

Among his other community activities were his 23 years as the Tuba Christmas Coordinator, which started with six players, now has over 100, and is the largest and oldest in Iowa; Band Festival committee for 10 years, four of which he served as chairperson; United Way, where he served as a former board and campaign chair and received the Bob Dutcher award; Salvation Army Advisory Board member; Boy Scouts, Eagle Scout, Lakeland District Chair, 2001-07, Winnebago Council Board, 2001-present, Coveted Buffalo Patrol, Wood Badge, C-15-04, Tiger Club Leader, Newman School Pack 401, 2006-07 and Wolf Cub Leader, Newman School Pack 401, 2007-08; Mason City Chamber of Commerce past board member and Ambassador of the Year in 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1996; Mason City CVB, a former board chair and member; Newman Catholic Schools, where he served as a Newman Daycare Building Committee member and helped in the construction of Newman Playground; Prairie Playground brick walkway sales and installation; Mason City Parks and Recreation Department where he was an assistant softball coach for two years and on the East Park Performing Arts Pavilion Committee; Mason City Councilman, Ward Two, for two years; Mason City Community Schools Instrumental Music Boosters Chair and board member as well as a Foundation Member; Elks Lodge and a Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Knight.

Al recently received from the Mason City Noon Rotary Club the Service Above Self Award and from KTTC Television in Rochester the Ten Who Make A Difference Award.

Al is survived by his wife, Danette A. Zook, of Mason City; children, Angela and John Zook of Mason City; parents, Jack and Marilyn Zook of Mason City; two brothers, Bill (Tammy) Zook of Ankeny and Ray (Anne) Zook of Mason City; sister, Jo Ann (Rob) Pearce, of Mason City; mother-in-law, Jean Kemna of Mason City; sister-in-law, Diane (Bhasker) Dave of Independence; brother-in-law, Daryl (Jan) Kemna of Merrimac, Wis.; brother-in-law, Don (Shellie) Kemna of Kansas City, Mo.; sister-in-law, Doreen (Timothy) Beddow, of West Lake, Ohio; brother-in-law, Duane (Kim) Kemna, of Mason City; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Al was preceded in death by his grandparents; and father-in-law, Clemens "Bud" Kemna.

Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, 641-423-0924.

Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Wednesday, June 25, 2008 12:01 AM CDT.

How do we honor Al Zook? Keep up his good works (Globe Gazette Editorial)

Every year for 23 years, as regular as Old St. Nick himself, Al Zook and his buddies delivered a Christmas gift to North Iowa.

For 23 years, Zook was chairman of TubaChristmas, the annual gathering of tubas and other low-brass players who filled Southbridge Mall with wonderful holiday music much to the delight of hundreds of fans.

That was typical Al Zook: giving to the community with nothing expected in return and taking great pleasure in it.

Suffice to say, if Al thought he could make a difference from the Boy Scouts to schools to the United Way to the City Council he was ready to lend a hand.

"He was a giver to everybody," said longtime friend John Klemas, who knew him since elementary school.

That's no doubt why his revelation late last year that he had cancer which caused him to resign from the City Council and now his death at age 50, stunned and saddened so many people.

We join the community in sending our condolences to wife Danette, children Angela and John, and other family members and friends.

Rare is the person who touches so many people in so many different ways. He was a good, caring, decent family man and community leader.

"He was the most incredibly involved individual," said another longtime friend, Scott Bell. "Just an enormous list of community projects ... it just goes on and on."

His obituary on Page A12 today lists many of his activities and awards he received for his extensive accomplishments.

But we get the feeling that if Al was still among us, he would just flash his big smile and remind us that there's still much to do, that community service never ends and that our communities are only as good as the effort put forth by the people who live in them.

We can and should use his life as inspiration to continue and expand on his good works in our homes, our neighborhood and community.

It's the least we can do to try to repay all he has given us.

@You can leave your own tribute to Mr. Zook by signing the guest book with his obituary at

Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa, Wednesday, June 25, 2008 12:01 AM CDT.
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Elmwood Saint Joseph Cemetery
Mason City
Cerro Gordo County
Iowa, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 43.1379, -93.206
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Record added: May 25, 2009
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