Charles Zinn
1926 - 2015
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Charles W. Zinn, M.D. Naples, FL

Charles W. Zinn, M.D., a resident of Naples since 1976, passed away on Au gust 3rd, 2015. He was born in Milwaukee, WI on November 6, 1926 to Charles F. and Lillian Welker Zinn. They moved to Minneapolis, MN in 1930 and then to Crystal Bay, MN. After graduating from Wayzata High School in 1944, he entered the U.S. Navy during WW II serving as a medical corpsman until his discharge in 1946.

In 1949 he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. and went to work at McKesson & Robbins, which is where he met and married his wife of 59 years, Marilyn. In 1951 he entered the University of Minnesota Medical School, graduating as M.D. in 1955. Interned at Anchor General Hospital, St. Paul, MN. Started active practice in Family Medicine in 1956 with Elk River Clinic, Elk River, MN. Became founding President of the Elk River Rotary Club. Relocated to Wayzata, MN, January 1961, joining Drs. Rieke and Feigal. Here he was also active in Rotary and Wayzata Community Church, etc.

He moved his family to Naples in 1976 where he was employed by NCH as an emergency room physician. He became Director of the Emergency Dept. in 1982 until his retirement in 1989. After retiring he continued to work for NCH at their various Urgent Care Centers on a part time basis until 2000. He was employed with Century 21 Oncology until his illness. He was a member of the Collier Medical Society, Life member of American Academy of Family Physicians, Florida Medical Society, AMA, and Emeritus staff of NCH.

Charlie was Past Commodore of Naples Sailing & Yacht Club, a past member of Royal Poinciana Country Club and a member of Kensington Golf & Country Club.

He is a member of the Naples United Church of Christ and served on their missions committee. He was a volunteer physician at the Neighborhood Clinic having served on their building committee. During his lifetime he was a great sportsman enjoying boating, fishing, tennis, golf, and traveling. He loved music, playing his organ, dancing, and a good laugh.

He is survived by his loving son, C. Scott of Bonita Springs, FL; and daughters, Heidi Zinn of Ojai, CA and Tami Wallace (David) of Naples, FL; six grandchildren, Jessica, Sarah, Gage, and Kali Wallace of Naples, FL, Grant A. Zinn of Longwood, FL, and Ryan K. Zinn of Ojai, CA.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, August 14, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at Naples United Church of Christ, 5200 Crayton Road, Naples, FL 34103.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in his memory may be made to the Neighborhood Clinic, Avow Hospice, or Naples United Church of Christ.

Arrangements by Hodges Funeral Home at Naples Memorial Gardens.

Published in Naples Daily News on Aug. 5, 2015.
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October 7, 2015
Dr. Zinn was our family Physician in Wayzata. He brought my sister & I into this world. When i was born he joked ,and said " its a football player " .. not because i was a boy, but rather 8lbs ,9oz. When my Father got a job in Lakeville, we still commuted to Wayzata 59miles to be treated by a loving kind gentle man. I remember him to be funny too. My sincerest sympathies to his family. Coincidence, I'm moving to Elk River in a few short weeks ..
What a beautiful human being who contributed so much to our modern world.
jennifer anne justen
August 5, 2015
Charlie's wicked sense of humor will be missed at the tennis court.
Joe Ellebracht
August 5, 2015
I was saddened to learn of Charlie's passing. I will share the news with the Elk River Rotary Club at our meeting on Thursday. He was my doctor as a boy and young man and I will always have fond memories of his calm demeanor and wonderful sense of humor.

Stewart Wilson
August 5, 2015
Great Friend and Good Physician. Sympathy to the family from the Neighborhood Health Clinic Team.
Nancy Lascheid
August 5, 2015
Will miss you Charlie. Thinking of all the great times when we all were together. I will carry on the tradition and I know You and Marilyn will be present. Love to the FAMILY.
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