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Franklin Charles Zech

February 10, 1948 - May 9, 2021
From: Rock Rapids, IA | Originally: Spencer, IA
Franklin Charles Zech

Franklin Charles Zech

Born: February 10, 1948
Died: May 9, 2021
Age: 73

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     Franklin Charles Zech, the son of Clifford and Ellen (Salter) Zech, was born February 10, 1948 in Chippewa Falls, WI.  His childhood years were spent in Chippewa Falls, where he received his education, graduating in 1966.  Following his schooling, he moved to Minneapolis, where he lived for one year. He entered the military and served with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Conflict until his honorable discharge.  After his service, he moved back to Minneapolis. Frank attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, where he received his BA degree.

     Frank married Linda Fairchild on June 21, 1975 in Sioux Rapids, Iowa.  After their marriage, they moved to Spencer, Iowa, where Frank was a Sr. Buyer at Eaton Corporation for 33 years until his retirement.  He was a member of the First Christian Church in Spencer.  Frank was also a longtime active member of the American Legion and VFW in Spencer.  He was a big sports fan and loved watching the Green Bay Packers, coaching his kids in Little League, and loved to golf until his sons became involved in sports.

     He passed away at his home in Rock Rapids, Iowa on Sunday, May 9, 2021 at the age of 73.  Frank was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Ellen Nesvacil and a brother, Randy Zech.

     He is survived by his wife, Linda of Rock Rapids; two sons: Patrick (Jenifer) Zech of Minneapolis, MN and Chas (Esther) Zech of Rock Rapids, IA; 7 grandchildren: Mackenzie, Kaiden, Miley, Ainsley, Charlotte, Elianna and Lillian; two sisters: Gwen Bauman of Chippewa Falls, WI and Barbara Wolfe of Poynet, WI; four brothers: Frederick Zech of Evanston, WY, Ron (Eva) Zech of Brainerd, MN, Dennis Zech of Chippewa Falls and Douglas (Lyuba) Zech of White Bear Lake, MN; other relatives and many friends.




In Lieu of Flowers, a memorial fund has been established by the family.

Memorials may be sent to:

Charles Zech
701 S. Carroll St.
Rock Rapids, IA 51246

ASCENSION

And if I go,

While you’re still here…

Know that I live on,

Vibrating to a different measure

Behind a thin veil you cannot see through,

You will not see me,

So you must have faith.

I wait for the time when we

can soar together again,

both aware of each other,

until then, live your life to it’s fullest,

and when you need me,

Just whisper my name in your heart,

…I will be there.

 

Colleen Carah Hitchcock

SERVICES
Public Graveside Services will be held 10:30 A.M., Thursday, May 13, 2021 at the Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.
Military services will be conducted by American Legion Glen Pedersen Post #1 & V.F.W. Clay County Post #3159 both of Spencer.
OFFICIATING
Pastor Jon Pausley
VISITATION
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, May 12, with the family present at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
INTERMENT
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa

Condolences

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 2:27 PM
“I was a high school classmate of Frank's in 1966. I am saddened by his passing, but know he led an exemplary life since I have known him, and even then, he was a fine man. This loss is greatest to you his family. My sincere condolences. ”
- Melanie Sinclair- Schaller
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 7:52 AM
“Linda,
I am so sorry to see hear that Frank has passed. My heart is with you and I do think about you so often. I wish I wasn't so far away. Ron and I send our love.
Louella”
- Louella
Monday, May 17, 2021 at 11:02 AM
“Those we've lost are NEVER more than a thought AWAY.”
- John (Bobby) jowett50@hotmail.com
Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 3:45 PM
“with great sadness i post. frank lived with me i miniapolis aand did work together for a time .he will be missed by all of us.signed unkle don. ”
- donald w zech
Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 7:48 AM
“Linda and family. Mary and I are deeply saddened to hear of Frank’s passing. We always enjoyed seeing you two at the Navy reunions. Frank was such a great guy and will be missed by all. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.”
- Jack and Mary Wallace
Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 5:22 AM
“We were very saddened to hear of Frank’s passing. We pray that you feel the Lords comforting arms around your entire family at this time. ”
- Greg and Val Mortensen
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 8:35 PM
“Sorry to hear about Frank. Jim worked with Frank while they worked for the city, May God Bless your family.”
- Jim & Pat Hynes
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 7:48 PM
“May his soul Rest In Perfect Peace of The Lord. May God comfort and strengthen the Zech family. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time. I pray God's good grace for the family.”
- Franklin Olaniyan
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 5:09 PM
“Linda & family, so sorry to hear of Frank's death, He was a great guy, worked at Eaton's for many years. God's blessings to you & your family.

- Pat Larsen
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 3:40 PM
“May your sadness be brief and your memories of Franklin long for as the poem said He is still here just not where you can touch or speak but he is a aware of you and praying for the best for you.”
- David L. Humes
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 2:44 PM
“I'm Ellen & Cliff's great niece, Frank was my Dad's cousin and we had grown close over the internet recently. I'm very heartbroken at his passing. Frank was a really great guy. My thoughts and prayers are with you all and I will be thinking of you on Thursday. May he rest easy now with his Mom & Pop and Ellen & Randy. With Love.

Lisa, Charlie, Megan & Chloe xxx”
- Lisa Wrigley
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 2:12 PM
“our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He was a great man and will be missed by all of us with the vp-9 group ”
- Mike Bentley
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 2:12 PM
“Linda and family,
We were so sadden to hear about Frank.
We hold you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Frank was a very special person, and he will be greatly missed. We hope that fond memories will carry you through these difficult days,and knowing that you are not alone in your grief.
With deepest sympathies,
Sue , Mike Richie and family”
- Sue Zech Richie
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 11:41 AM
“To the Zech family, we were saddened to hear of Franks passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Jim & Barb Meyerdirk
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 10:48 AM
“So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing Chaz. May he Rest In Peace and we pray for your family as they grieve. ”
- Geoff Juza Family
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 10:48 AM
“Linda I am so sorry to hear of Franks passing. My condolences to your family. Another good friend that will be missed. Richard Lough”
- Richard G Lough
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 7:44 AM
“I am so sorry to hear about Frank's passing. I always enjoyed talking to him about Packer football. He was a proud Veteran. May he rest in peace.”
- Daren Koenck
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 7:44 AM
“Linda and family, you have my most sincere condolences!”
- Teri Van Ness
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 7:44 AM
“Linda and family- we are so sorry to hear about our great friend and shipmate Frank - his memory will always be with us ....and we will miss him dearly...”
- Jim & Donna Bradford
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 7:44 AM
“Our condolence to Linda and to Frank's Family. Mike travelled extensively with Frank for work and he was always very professional, knowledgeable, and fun to work with. Know that Frank always thought highly of all of his family and had great pride in you all.”
- Mike and Cindy Carpenter
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 7:44 AM
“Zach family, our thoughts and prayers go to you during this time. Always enjoyed working with Frank at Eaton.”
- Dale & Rhonda Streufert
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 11:05 AM
“Linda, so sorry to hear thoughts and prayers to you and your family”
- Lynne Niemeyer
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 11:05 AM
“Linda and family we were so sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. We are thinking of you and sending our thoughts and prayers your way.”
- Gary and Linda Gaston
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 10:42 AM
“Linda, Pat, Chas and families,
So sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you work through your loss. I know you were very important to him and I hope memories and support from friends, family and each other will help you during this challenging time.”
- Barbara Wolfe
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 10:42 AM
“Linda and family, we are very blessed to have met and known Frank when we were at First Christian may the Lord be with you all at this time. ”
- Glenn and Marilyn Biggar
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 8:51 AM
“Praying God holds you in his arms during this difficult time.”
- Lane & Joyce Muckey
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 8:51 AM
“I extend my sincere condolences to the Zech family. I worked with Frank at Eaton for 21 yrs. He was a very nice and kind person. We had many great talks about NFL football. The Packers lost a great fan. R.I.P. Frank.”
- Bob Jourdan
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 8:51 AM
“"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." - Psalm 73:26”
- Kegan Showalter
Monday, May 10, 2021 at 3:15 PM
“linda and family i am so sorry for your loss prayers to all ”
- vicki jensen
Monday, May 10, 2021 at 3:15 PM
“We were so sorry to hear about Frank our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family”
- Steve and Barb Meyer
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