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 William Eugene Zuendt

William Eugene Zuendt

Death 3 May 1955 (aged 72)
Burial Jefferson City, Cole County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 78354278 · View Source
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Jefferson City Post-Tribune, May 4, 1955

William Eugene Zuendt, one of the stalwart figures in banking and loan association circles here for more than half a century, died last night of a heart disease at St. Mary's Hospital, which he entered Monday morning.

Funeral services for the 73-year-old loan association official will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at a local funeral chapel with the Rev. Robert Hermann, Evangelical minister, officiating. Masonic funeral services will be conducted by Jefferson Lodge No. 43 at Riverview Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Clifford G. Scruggs, Arthur Busch, Paul Wischmeier, Alfred A. Peasner, Theodore M. Schmidt and Frank Railton.

At the time of his death Mr. Zuendt was executive vice president and a member of the board of directors of the Mutual Savings and Loan Association.

Mr. Zuendt, who lived at 414 East Capitol Avenue, was president for a short time of the old First National Bank of Jefferson City before it was merged with the Exchange National Bank.

Mr. Zuendt was born May 10, 1882, the son of William M. and Antonia Wagner Zuendt. He was born in the home of his maternal grandmother, the late Mrs. Elizabeth Wolfrum Wagner, which was built by his grandfather, Christopher Wagner shortly after the Civil WAr. This building still stands at the corner of Moreau Drive and Vineyard Square. He was born four months after his father and grandfather Wagner were killed in a railroad wreck during construction of what is now know as the Bagnell Branch of the Missouri Pacific Railfoad.

His heritage dates back to German stock on both side of the family. His maternal grandparents came from Bavaria in 1838 to settle in Cole County and his father was born in 1854 in Castle Mendelheim, the family home near Munich, and came to this county in 1858. His great-great-grandmother, a duchess of Bavarian nobility, resided at the castle Schloss Ranau in Alsace-Lorraine where the Thirty Years War was ended by signing of the treaty.

Mr. Zuendt attended local schools and graduated from old St. Louis Manual Training School. He became associated with the First National Bank in 1902 and held almost every position until his health broke and the bank was merged.

In 1925 he was appointed to the office of State Commissioner of Finance by Gov. Sam A. Baker. Mr. Zuendt spent many months in Califorina in 1932 because of poor health and upon his return to Jefferson City he was elected a director and secretary of the New Cole County Savings and Loan Association. He also entered the insurance business here.

The new Cole County Savings and Loan Association was recently merged with the Mutual Savings and Loan Association.

In 1907 he married Miss Fredrica Morlock, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Morlock.

In addition to his wife he is survived by two sons, William M. Zuendt of El Paso, Texas, and Robert E. Zuendt of Canatillo, Texas; and a daughter, Mrs. Lucille Zuendt of Honolulu, Hawaii.

He was a member of the Central Evangelical and Reformed Church. He also was a Mason being a member of the four York rite bodies here and also a 32nd degree member of the Missouri Consistory No. 1 of the Scottish rite in St. Louis. He also was a noble of the Moolah Temple in St. Louis.

William E. Zuendt, the only son of William M. and Antonia Wagner Zuendt, was born May 10, 1882. At the age of twenty he entered the employ of the First National Bank, and was vice-president and director at the time of its merger with the Exchange National Bank. He served for a time as commissioner of finance under Governor Baker. For some years he was engaged in the insurance business and in building and loan activities.

Mr. Zuendt married Miss Frederica Morlock, daughter of William Herman and Lena Kerser Morlock. Mr. and Mrs. Zuendt had three children: William M., Lucille A. and Robert E.

From The Illustrated Sketch Book and Directory of Jefferson City and Cole County, Missouri - Published 1900

Info from Nancy Thompson - 47192413

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 78354278
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Eugene Zuendt (10 May 1882–3 May 1955), Find A Grave Memorial no. 78354278, citing Riverview Cemetery, Jefferson City, Cole County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Jean Buersmeyer (contributor 47582107) .