|Birth: ||Mar. 19, 1921|
|Death: ||Aug. 18, 2010|
He passed away August 18, 2010 at Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah, IA.
He was born in Hamburg, IA on March 9, 1921 to Charles and Mary (Weste) Zanker. After attending Cox Chapel School, he helped his father and brothers on the farm.
He was a Tech Sargeant in the Air Force during World War II, taking part in D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded 7 battle stars.
After the war, he farmed with his brothers Carl, Raymond and Harold for nearly 40 years.
He married Carolyn Cowles, daughter of Thad and Myrtle Cowles on January 9, 1955. They had three sons: Charlie, John and James.
"Slim" had many hobbies and was well known in this area for his extensive toy tractor collection and restoration skills. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the American Legion, serving in the Honor Guard for over 60 years. He served on the City Council and was a member of several other military and civic organizations in the past.
He retired from farming in 1983, but continued to work at the farm until just recently.
Slim was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Hilda and Hazel, and brothers Carl, Raymond and Harold.
He is survived by his wife Carolyn, sister Ruby of Hamburg, children: Charlie and wife Jaylene and grandson Matthew of Hamburg; John and granddaughter Samantha and twin sons Jonathan and Jeffrey of Lafayette, IN; James and wife Kyle of Ft. Wayne, IN and grandsons Josh and Paul of Washington, D.C.
Graveside Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 28, 2010 at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Rural Hamburg, IA; inurnment will follow the services.
Memorials may be given to the Hamburg Legion Honor Guard or Iowa Hospice.
Mount Olive Cemetery
Created by: Don
Record added: Nov 07, 2010
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