Robert E. Zeck

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Born 7-2-1913 -- Died 2-21-2008

Robert "Bob" Edmund Joseph Szczech was born July 2, 1913, in Minneapolis, Minn., and died Feb. 21, 2008, in Salem, Ark.

He was a retired lawyer, a graduate of De La Salle High School in Minneapolis and a graduate of William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn. He practiced law in Minnesota until his retirement in 1978, when he moved to Cherokee Village. He also practiced for a short time while in Arkansas.

He married Mary M. Bachler on July 3, 1933, in Minneapolis. She died Dec. 20, 1991. Born unto this marriage were four daughters and three sons. On April 8, 1995, he married Louise R. Nichols of Cherokee Village, they moved to Horseshoe Bend one month later.

He was also active in the Minneapolis Lyn -- Lake Lions Club for 10 years. In Cherokee Village and Horseshoe Bend he belonged to the Kiwanis Club. Bob and Mary both worked with Fran Hayes when she started the Alpha Pregnancy Problem Center of Batesville. Bob joined the Knights of Columbus in 1952 and held many offices in local councils and in the Fourth Degree Assembly.

He is survived by: his wife, Louise R. Nichols of Horseshoe Bend; four daughters, Barbara Ann Murphy (Russell) of Chaska, Minn.; Janice Carol McCarthy of Green Bay, Wis; Kathleen Mary Corey of St. Paul; Jeanne Marie Zeck (partner Mark Vincent) of Jacksonville, Ill.; two sons, Gerald Anthony Zeck (Pamela) of Sarasota, Fla; Gregory Robert Zeck (Jennifer) of Richfield, Minn.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, numerous nieces; nephews; and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary M. Backler and one son, Robert Michael Zeck.

A Mass was held Feb. 27 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Horseshoe Bend. A memorial service will be held at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Cherokee Village at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus or the Alpha Pregnancy Problem Center of Batesville, 141 W. Main St. Box 3745, Batesville, AR 72503.

Arrangements were under the direction of Heath Funeral Home of Highland.

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