Posted: Tue 5:15 PM, Jul 02, 2013
Funeral Home: Brainard
Wallace “Wally” Zahn, died Sunday, June 30, 2013 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, after a long, wonderful and loving 90 years. He had a God-given ability to cheer and win the hearts of everyone who came in contact with him.
Wally was born on January 28, 1923 in West Bend, Wisconsin to the late Ray and Norma (Herman) Zahn. He graduated from West Bend High School in 1940 (where he played quarterback) and then joined the US Army. He was a World War II Veteran in the 44th Division, 114th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion in Europe from 1944-1945, earning a Combat Infantry Badge and Bronze star as a PFC Infantry Scout. After his time in the service, Wally attended Carroll College in Waukesha, where he belonged to Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 1948.
Wally married Marilyn Mason at the First Congregational church in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin on January 20, 1951. Wally, along with his brother Ray, started and operated a successful retail paint business, Tower Paint Co. Inc. in Oshkosh, Wisconsin from 1952 until his retirement in 1986. During his time in Oshkosh, Wally was involved in many civic activities. He was a member of the City Council from 1964-1968 and the Vice President of the Oshkosh City Council from 1967-1968, hosted the radio show “Wally Zahn—Thinking Out Loud,” founded the “Wally Zahn Charity Open” and the “Tower Paint Junior Open” golf tournaments, was involved with Boy Scouts, Athletics, NCCJ, the American Legion, Kiwanis and First Congregational Church.
In 1986, Wally and Marilyn retired to their home off the El Diablo golf course in Rancho Viejo, Texas. While in Texas he became a free-lance writer and had several of his works published. He wrote newspaper articles and magazine columns and published the books “Years of Gathering,” “Stuff,” and “Waldo (and the Heisters).” Inheriting Wally's love of "turning a phrase", (speech, poetry, prose), the songwriting sons were recently astonished to find that their father had also written, not several songs, but 250!
Wally and Marilyn moved to Wausau in 2006 to be closer to family.
Wally is survived by his wife Marilyn Zahn of Wausau; sister Karen (Jim) Demmon of West Bend; sons Michael (Diane) Zahn of Merrill and Scott (Alyson) Zahn of Minneapolis, MN; grandchildren Holly (Mike) Zahn, Miranda (Mike) Zahn, and Charlotte (Scott) Zahn.
Wally is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Ray.
Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 pm on Friday, July 5, 2013 at First United Methodist Church, 903 Third St., Wausau. The Rev. Jerry Morris will officiate. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will take place from 10:00 am until the time of service at the church on Friday.
Brainard Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com