David "Dave" Zumbro passed away on April 29, 2018, in the comfort of his home in Klamath Falls, Ore.
Dave was born on Dec. 11, 1932, in Los Angeles, Calif. He was son to Mable and Alfred Zumbro.
David traveled a lot in his early years and wanted to get out of Los Angeles so he packed up and traveled north to Canada. Realizing he was in the wrong country, he turned around and settled on the Canadian border in Colville, Wash., where he built a farm for his family to live on. Dave next moved to Eugene, Ore., where he worked as an engineer until the loss of his daughter, Brenda. He then moved to Klamath Falls, where he found the love of his life, Ona Lee, and started a career with Jeld-Wen. He worked and enjoyed his job at Jeld-Wen for 15 years as a mechanical engineer, fabricating many types of machinery. Dave also worked at Northrop and was instrumental for inventing a part that allowed NASA rockets lift off. He also created the food warmers for Burger King and the large wheeled irrigation system we see throughout the Basin.
Dave loved trap shooting, pheasant hunting and square dancing with his wife Ona and had a passion for welding art and sold his creations at the farmers market. David never met a stranger, he was genuinely friendly to anyone he met and loved to converse with all people who came into his life, whether for only a few minutes, or for years to come.
He was preceded in death by his son David and daughter Brenda. He leaves behind his wife, Ona Zumbro; brother and sister-in-law, Al and Mary Zumbro; mother-in-law, Aline Terry; son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Sally Zumbro; son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Paula Russell; daughter, Sheri Ravenwood and her spouse Jen; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dave's celebration of life will be held in the fellowship hall at Basin Community Center, 707 High St., Klamath Falls, OR 97601, at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 7, 2018.
Published in Herald And News on May 4, 2018.