Robert F. Zecha, 89, was born to Clement C. and Helen (Polzer) Zecha in Colorado Springs on June 17, 1924 and died peacefully on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.
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"Zek" was a 1942 graduate of St. Mary's High School. He enlisted in the army in September of 1942 and proudly served as a member of the 463 Bomb Group, 772nd Squadron as a crew chief on B-17s. He received an honorable discharge in 1945.
Upon returning, Bob received a degree from Saint Benedict's College in Atchison, Kansas, majoring in mathematics and minoring in Physics and Education. He also did postgraduate work in math at Notre Dame University and received a Master's degree from Colorado College. Mr. Z began his teaching career at Wasson High school. He was "Mr. Z" to students and teachers alike.
Bob was an active member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church for over sixty years, serving as a lector, Eucharistic Minister, substitute teacher, and a member of the men's club. He enjoyed traveling in all fifty states, fishing, and caning chairs.
He was a dedicated loving husband to his wife, Jean (Moomaw) Zecha, for sixty-six years and a caring father to three children, Karen and Mark of Colorado Springs and Ann Marie of Denver. He was also proud of his grandchildren, Ty Zecha, Zach Zecha, and Elaine Owens; and a great granddaughter, Tatum Owens. Also surviving are a brother, Thomas of Baltimore, Maryland; and two sisters, Francis Kleine of Slater, Missouri, and Sr. Helen Zecha of Benet Hill Monastery.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Clement Joseph Zecha.
Rosary, 10:00AM, Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 2318 North Cascade Avenue.
Memorial Mass, 11:00AM, Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Please come to the reception at Patty Jewett Golf Course.
Inurnment will take place on April 25, 2014, at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colorado.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bob's name may be made to Benet Hill Monastery or St. Mary's High School.
Published in The Gazette on Apr. 20, 2014